Coming in on a three-game win streak and five-game point streak, the Carolina Hurricanes will hit the ice in Chicago Tuesday night for the first of two games against the Blackhawks.
The Canes topped the Tampa Bay Lightning at home Saturday night 4-3, thanks to a four-point game and game-winning goal from Martin Necas. Now the Hurricanes will finish up March against the Blackhawks, who the Canes hold a 2-1-0 advantage over so far this season.
The good news for Carolina is that the team may have Vincent Trocheck, who has missed the last eight games with an injury, back in the fold. Trocheck, who has 24 points in 24 games played this year, will be a game-time decision. Former Blackhawk Teuvo Teravainen, who has missed 10 games this season, will not be available.
Assuming Trocheck is good to go, here is how Rod Brind’Amour’s team will lineup Tuesday night with Alex Nedeljkovic in net:
Nino Niederreiter - Sebastian Aho - Martin Necas
Andrei Svechnikov - Vincent Trocheck - Jesper Fast
Brock McGinn - Jordan Staal - Warren Foegele
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 (concussion symptoms, IR)
Taxi Squad: Jake Gardiner, Morgan Geekie, Joey Keane, Max McCormick, Beck Warm
The Blackhawks are playing their fifth straight game at home, coming off back-to-back losses to the Nashville Predators.
Chicago had a strong start to the season, but is 3-7-0 in its last 10 games and currently sits tied with the Predators for fourth place in the Central Division. The Blackhawks have scored two or fewer goals in six of their last 10 games.
Kevin Lankinen, who has a 2.72 GAA and .920 save percentage in a strong rookie season, will get the start in net for the Blackhawks. He has started all three of Chicago’s games against Carolina so far this season.
Here’s how the Blackhawks are expected to hit the ice Tuesday:
Alex DeBrincat - Pius Suter - Patrick Kane
Dominik Kubalik - David Kampf - Brandon Hagel
Mattias Janmark - Kirby Dach - Dylan Strome
Ryan Carpenter - Carl Soderberg - Philipp Kurashev
Duncan Keith - Wyatt Kalynuk
Nikita Zadorov - Connor Murphy
Calvin de Haan - Adam Boqvist
Injuries and Scratches: Nicolas Beaudin (healthy), Ian Mitchell (healthy), Matthew Highmore (healthy), Jonathan Toews (undisclosed, LTIR), Andrew Shaw (concussion, LTIR), Zack Smith (back, LTIR), Alexander Nylander (LTIR)
Taxi Squad: Reese Johnson, MacKenzie Entwistle, Lucas Carlsson, Mike Hardman