After a three-day break, the Carolina Hurricanes will get back at it tonight as they take on the high-flying Winnipeg Jets.
Carolina is 1-0-1 in just two games this season, but that will soon change as they finish the month of October with eight games in 16 days, starting tonight in Manitoba.
Programming Note: Unlike most Canes broadcasts, there will not be a pre-game show before tonight’s game. Fox Sports Carolinas is airing football (UVA at UNC) this afternoon, and the Canes have cautioned that the beginning of the hockey game could be pre-empted on the TV broadcast if the football game runs long. If that happens, the FoxSportsGo app will start the Canes game at 7 pm without interruption.
Up front, the Hurricanes will ice the same lineup from Tuesday, but on the backend, Bill Peters is seemingly risking his luck as he will likely start with a different, and previously failed, look on the blue line. Darling will get the start for the third time in three games.
Here’s how Carolina will lineup on Saturday night, in what happens to be Jeff Skinner’s 500th NHL game.
Sebastian Aho - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm
Teuvo Teravainen - Victor Rask - Justin Williams
Jeff Skinner - Derek Ryan - Janne Kuokkanen
Joakim Nordstrom - Marcus Kruger - Brock McGinn
Jaccob Slavin - Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin - Brett Pesce
Haydn Fleury - Klas Dahlbeck
The Jets have had no problems putting the puck in the net so far this season. The big problem has been keeping it out of their own, and perhaps the return of Dustin Byfuglien will help that cause.
Former Hurricanes bench boss Paul Maurice will give Hellebuyck yet another start in net after a pair of impressive outings. Here’s how Winnipeg will lineup.
Nikolaj Ehlers - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler
Mathieu Perreault - Bryan Little - Patrik Laine
Shawn Matthias - Andrew Copp - Brandon Tanev
Marko Dano - Nicolas Petan - Joel Armia
Josh Morrissey - Jacob Trouba
Tobias Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien
Dmitry Kulikov - Tyler Myers