The Canes are finally back home Monday night, as Carolina will play host to the reeling Toronto Maple Leafs looking to extend its season-opening win streak to five games.
Last time out the Canes beat Columbus 5-1, moving the season goal differential to an impressive 18-7. Jesper Fast, Vincent Trocheck (twice), Sebastian Aho and Jordan Staal all scored in that win, with Aho, Teuvo Teravainen and Andrei Svechnikov all extending their point streaks to start the season to four games.
Monday night in Raleigh it will be more of the same for Carolina, as Rod Brind’Amour will ride the hot hand and keep the lineup unchanged. That means it’ll be Frederik Andersen’s net once again, as Antti Raanta still awaits his Hurricanes debut.
Speaking of Hurricanes goalies against the Maple Leafs, there will be a friendly face in the stands Monday night in Raleigh.
Here’s how the Canes will lineup in PNC Arena Monday night:
Jesperi Kotkaniemi - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
Andrei Svechnikov - Vincent Trocheck - Martin Necas
Nino Niederreiter - Jordan Staal - Jesper Fast
Jordan Martinook - Derek Stepan - Steven Lorentz
Jaccob Slavin - Ethan Bear
Brady Skjei - Brett Pesce
Ian Cole - Tony DeAngelo
Injuries and Scratches: Seth Jarvis (healthy), Brendan Smith (healthy)
On the other bench will be the struggling Maple Leafs, who sit at just 2-3-1 and are coming off of three straight losses. Last time out, Toronto got drubbed 7-1 by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Toronto will be without new goalie and familiar face in Raleigh Petr Mrazek, who is dealing with an injury. That means it’ll be Jack Campbell in net, looking to get Toronto back on track.
Here is how the Leafs are expected to hit the ice Monday:
Michael Bunting - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Alexander Kerfoot - John Tavares - Mitch Marner
Pierre Engvall - David Kampf - Ondrej Kase
Nick Ritchie - Jason Spezza - Wayne Simmonds
Morgan Rielly - TJ Brodie
Jake Muzzin - Justin Holl
Rasmus Sandin - Travis Dermott
Injuries and Scratches: Petr Mrazek (groin), Michael Amadio (healthy), Timothy Liljegren (healthy)