Tonight, the Hurricanes return to PNC Arena to take on a young, high-scoring Toronto Maple Leafs team. The Hurricanes beat the Maple Leafs in the last match up at the Air Canada Centre, 2-1.
Moves made by the Hurricanes in the past 24 hours and an optional morning skate make it tough to tell the exact lines coach Bill Peters may cycle through tonight, but recent history tells us it may go something like this:
Sebastian Aho - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm
Brock McGinn - Victor Rask - Phil Di Giuseppe (?)
Teuvo Teravainen - Jeff Skinner - Lee Stempniak
Viktor Stalberg - Jay McClement - Joakim Nordstrom
Justin Faulk - Ron Hainsey
Brett Pesce - Jaccob Slavin
Noah Hanifan - Klas Dahlbeck
The Toronto side, coming off a 6-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators last night, won’t have Mitch Marner available, after he exited Wednesday night’s game against Columbus with an upper-body injury and didn’t play last night against Ottawa.
Here’s how Toronto lined up last night:
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Connor Brown
Leo Komarov - Nazem Kadri - Josh Leivo
Matt Martin - Ben Smith - Nikita Soshnikov
Morgan Rielly - Nikita Zaitsev
Jake Gardiner - Connor Carrick
Matt Hunwick - Roman Polak
The Maple Leafs may elect to go with Curtis McElhinney to give Frederik Andersen some rest after last night’s defeat, in which he faced 42 shots on goal.
Nothing seems to indicate that the Hurricanes will keep Cam Ward out of net in favor of Eddie Lack. Ward faced 37 shots on goal against the Avalanche on Friday night in the overtime loss.