The Los Angeles Kings are trading coasts tonight to take on the Hurricanes as both teams battle for wild card positions—Kings looking from outside by a point, Canes from within by a point.
For Carolina, Bill Peters has decided that after a three-game win streak, it’s time for drastic measures in line structures...wait, what?
That’s right! The TSA line is now the MSL line (More Shots Line? Mighty Slammers League? Mandarin as a Second Language?) with Brock McGinnn, Jordan Staal and Elias Lindholm.
But now we also have the great line name of all time: the ASS line. The third line of Sebastian Aho, Jeff Skinner and Lee Stempniak looks to bring a barrage of shots...and then there’s Lee Stempniak.
Scott Darling had a great night in net against Avs, but Cam Ward (16-7-3/2.59 GAA/.913 SV) looks to be the likely starter, according to Michael Smith.
Tonight is also Girls Hockey Night as part of Hockey Is For Everyone Month, and the Canes are welcoming bsck a Triangle native to kick off the festivities:
Tonight is Girls Hockey Night! #HockeyIsForEveryone@cmurphsmurph10 will sound the siren! After growing up in Cary, NC, Colleen attended Northeastern University to continue her hockey career. She is currently playing in her rookie season with the @BuffaloBeauts of the @NWHL. pic.twitter.com/cvzbug7Noq— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) February 13, 2018
#HockeyIsForEveryone at today’s #Canes game will highlight girl/women’s teams@cmurphsmurph10 on siren: grew up in Cary & now w/ @BuffaloBeauts— Jon Chase (@JChasesthoughts) February 13, 2018
-Mikayla Williams, a goalie for Jr. Canes U11 AAA as youth starter
-& on ice intermissions to feature U10&U12 @OfficialJRCanes girls
Here’s the new look for the Hurricanes:
Brock McGinn - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm
Teuvo Teravainen - Victor Rask - Justin Williams
Jeff Skinner - Sebastian Aho - Lee Stempniak
Joakim Nordstrom - Derek Ryan - Phil Di Giuseppe
Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Haydn Fleury - Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin - Trevor van Riemsdyk
Scratches: Klas Dahlbeck (healthy)
The Hurricanes catch a break against the Kings with Dustin Brown out of the lineup after a one-game suspension was handed down for kneeing Mikhail Sergechev in the 4-3 loss for LA on Saturday.
Trevor Lewis is still out indefinitely after an injury against Florida on Friday.
Add Jonathan Quick (21-19-2/2.46 GAA/.921 SV) to the starting spot in net, as Josh Cooper of lakingsinsider.com said he rushed off the ice first. Here’s what he reported the lines to be in morning skate:
Alex Iafallo - Anze Kopitar - Tyler Toffoli
Tanner Pearson - Adrian Kempe - Marian Gaborik
Kyle Clifford - Torrey Mitchell - Michael Amadio
Andy Andreoff - Nick Shore - Jonny Brodzinski
Derek Forbort - Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin - Paul LaDue
Alec Martinez - Christian Folin
Scratches/injuries: Dustin Brown (suspension), Trevor Lewis (injured)