Despite all the playoff hype, it’s nice to have a night like tonight for the Hurricanes.
Veteran Bryan Bickell is back on the ice five months after a multiple sclerosis diagnosis, and Eric Staal, the career points leader for the Hurricanes franchise (non-Whalers), will be honored in front of many of his old teammates.
But it’s still a must-win for the Hurricanes, and they’re going to need all they can get out of their lines tonight. A new face to the roster, Andrew Poturalski, was announced earlier this week. He will take the ice as #57.
Here’s how Carolina lined up at morning skate in St. Paul:
Sebastian Aho - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen
Joakim Nordstrom - Victor Rask - Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner - Derek Ryan - Lee Stempniak
Bryan Bickell - Andrew Poturalski - Brock McGinn
Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Noah Hanifin - Justin Faulk
Klas Dahlbeck - Matt Tennyson
Ward has had two full days of rest since playing in a 3-0 loss to the Stars on Saturday. Despite the loss, he is 3-1-1 in his last 5 starts.
(Injuries: Jay McClement and Ryan Murphy are still out with lower body injuries.)
For Minnesota, Jason Zucker took the ice in morning skate but looks to be out for the game with a lower body injury. Besides that, not much shake up for the Wild lines, with a couple of minor changes on the fourth line:
Nino Niederreiter- Eric Staal - Zach Parise
Erik Haula - Mikko Koivu - Mikael Granlund
Charlie Coyle - Martin Hanzal - Jason Pominville
Jordan Schroeder - Joel Eriksson Ek - Ryan White
Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon
Marco Scandella - Matthew Dumba
Jonas Brodin - Christian Folin
Devan Dubnyk was back on Sunday against the Avalanche, and made some highlight-reel saves, including a diving glove save, in a 5-2 win in Colorado. He was off the ice first at morning skate.