Following a statement performance in a 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at PNC Area Saturday, the Hurricanes will look to do it again Monday in the second of four straight games against the 2020 Champions.
The Canes come into this game as the leader in the Central Division, with the Florida Panthers nipping at their heels. The Canes will also look to wrap up a five-game homestand that they’ve started 3-0-1 in fine fashion.
It seems the lineup will remain the same from Saturday’s game. Brind’Amour said Monday morning he doesn’t know if Teuvo Teravainen has been diagnosed with a concussion, but he “doesn’t feel right” and remains out. It looks like Jake Gardiner will again be a healthy scratch, leaving the young pairing that had a strong game Saturday of Jake Bean and Haydn Fleury in tact.
Despite Alex Nedeljkovic picking up his first career shutout, the Canes will stick with their rotation of the last few games and go back to James Reimer in net.
The line of Nino Niederreiter, Vincent Trocheck and Martin Necas comes into this one on a tear, with a combined eight goals and 18 points in the team’s last six games.
Here’s how Carolina will line up tonight:
Andrei Svechnikov - Sebastian Aho - Brock McGinn
Nino Niederreiter - Vincent Trocheck - Martin Necas
Warren Foegele - Jordan Staal - Jesper Fast
Cedric Paquette - Steven Lorentz - Jordan Martinook
Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Brady Skjei - Brett Pesce
Haydn Fleury - Jake Bean
Injuries and scratches: Petr Mrazek (right thumb), Teuvo Teravainen (upper body), Jake Gardiner (healthy)
Taxi Squad: Antoine Bibeau, Max McCormick, Joakim Ryan
The Lightning’s lineup, which comes into tonight third in the NHL in goals scored per game (3.60) will certainly be motivated after being shut out in both matchups against the Hurricanes so far.
It appears we’ll see Andrei Vasilevskiy in net as the Bolts try to beat Carolina for the first time this year. Here’s how Tampa Bay will line up:
Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Steven Stamkos
Alex Killorn - Tyler Johnson - Mathieu Joseph
Barclay Goodrow - Yanni Gourde - Blake Coleman
Pat Maroon - Gemel Smith - Alexander Volkov
Victor Hedman - Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh - Eric Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Luke Schenn
Injuries and scratches: (Nikitia Kucherov, LTIR, hip), (Anthony Cirelli, upper body), Mitchel Stephens (lower body)
Taxi squad: Cal Foote, Alex Barre-Boulet, Ross Colton, Christopher Gibson, Andreas Borgman