The Detroit Red Wings, until this year a sure bet on the playoffs, are in Raleigh to take on the Hurricanes with little hope for a postseason. But despite the misfortune the Hurricanes have been handed this season, they currently sit five points outside of Boston for the second Eastern Conference Wild Card spot.
Patrick Brown and the previously-injured Valentin Zykov were assigned to the Charlotte Checkers this week, and the young Swede, Lucas Wallmark, a sharp-shooter for the Checkers, takes his place on the fourth line tonight.
Here’s how the Hurricanes lined up at morning skate:
Phil Di Giuseppe - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen
Sebastian Aho - Victor Rask - Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner - Derek Ryan - Lee Stempniak
Joakim Nordstrom - Lucas Wallmark - Brock McGinn
Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Noah Hanifin - Justin Faulk
Klas Dahlbeck - Ryan Murphy
Lack will front the net for the third-straight game tonight. Recently, Lack has outperformed Ward in the net, with only 7 goals allowed in his last 5 games, compared to Ward’s 17.
The only major lines shakeup for the Red Wings is the possibility of Dan Renouf, who was called up yesterday, taking the place of (most likely) Niklas Kronwall. The projected lines don’t show Renouf in, though, just to be safe.
Here’s the projected lines for the Red Wings, from the Winging It In Motown blog:
Tomas Tatar - Henrik Zetterberg - Gustav Nyquist
Anthony Mantha - Frans Nielsen - Riley Sheahan
Andreas Athanasiou - Dylan Larkin - Justin Abdelkader
Luke Glendening - Tomas Nosek - Drew Miller
Danny DeKeyser - Nick Jensen
Niklas Kronwall - Mike Green
Xavier Ouellet - Robbie Russo
Mrazek was the first off the ice after Howard played last night against the Wild. Mrazek is 1-2-1 in his last four starts, and sits just under a 3.00 GAA on the season.