The Canes blew a 3-2 lead in the last minute against the Flyers on Sunday, falling in OT 4-3. But they have to regroup quickly to take on the Panthers tonight in Sunrise, Fla., especially with Aaron Ekblad back in the mix for Florida.
On the Hurricanes side, Valentin Zykov returned to morning skate with a no-contact jersey. Things don’t look too differently from Sunday’s matchup linewise, either.
Here’s how they lined up at morning skate:
Sebastian Aho - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen
Brock McGinn - Victor Rask - Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner - Derek Ryan - Lee Stempniak
Joakim Nordstrom - Patrick Brown - Phil Di Giuseppe
Jaccob Slavin - Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin - Brett Pesce
Klas Dahlbeck - Ryan Murphy
Ward will play in net tonight for the Canes. Last month, he went 29-31 in a shootout loss to the Panthers. Peters said this morning he has “a plan in place” as far as the goaltender situation on this road stretch.
Ekblad’s return knocks Jakub Kindl out as a scratch, and moved the Panthers to assign MacKenzie Weegar to AHL Springfield.
Here’s how the Panthers could line up tonight:
Jonathan Huberdeau - Aleksander Barkov - Jaromir Jagr
Jussi Jokinen - Vincent Trocheck - Reilly Smith
Thomas Vanek - Nick Bjugstad - Jonathan Marchessault
Shawn Thornton - Derek McKenzie - Colton Sceviour
Keith Yandle - Aaron Ekblad
Michael Matheson - Jason Demers
Mark Pysyk - Alex Petrovic
Third-string goalie Reto Berra is in for the night, with Roberto Luongo still out and Reimer needing a rest from picking up game after game with Luongo out. Berra’s last NHL start was April 9th of last season, in which he made 41 saves in a 1-0 shutout against the Jets.