This will be the second game of a four-game road trip for Carolina, as the Canes look to get back on the right track. Sebastian Aho brings a three-game goal streak into the contest, while defenseman Jaccob Slavin has assisted in four straight.
After Petr Mrazek struggled in net Tuesday against St. Louis, it will be the hot James Reimer in net for the Canes Thursday. Here is how Rod Brind’Amour’s squad should line up:
Andrei Svechnikov - Sebastian Aho - Warren Foegele
Nino Niederreiter - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen
Brock McGinn - Erik Haula - Justin Williams
Ryan Dzingel - Lucas Wallmark - Martin Necas
Jaccob Slavin - Trevor van Riemsdyk
Jake Gardiner - Brett Pesce
Haydn Fleury - Joel Edmundson
Injuries and Scratches: Dougie Hamilton (leg), Jordan Martinook (upper body)
The Coyotes are coming off a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers, but had lost five straight before that. Arizona got goals from Conor Garland, Lawson Crouse and Christian Dvorak in that win over Edmonton.
After getting traded mid-season, Taylor Hall leads the way for Arizona with 13 goals and 30 assists. Center Nick Schmaltz has 30 assists as well, while Garland leads the team with 18 goals.
Like the Canes, Arizona is right in the heat of the wild card race, but the Coyotes will be looking to build some momentum off a strong win over Edmonton. Here’s how Rick Tocchet’s team should line up:
Taylor Hall - Christian Dvorak - Conor Garland
Lawson Crouse - Derek Stepan - Phil Kessel
Clayton Keller - Nick Schmaltz - Vinnie Hinostroza
Carl Soderberg - Brad Richardson - Christian Fischer
Jakob Chychrun - Alex Goligoski
Jordan Oesterle - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Aaron Ness - Ilya Lyubushkin
Injuries and Scratches: Jason Demers (lower body), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (lower body), Darcy Kuemper (lower body)