We heard there was a basketball game tonight, but we don’t really care.
As a site of writers who overwhelmingly went to NC State (including yours truly), we’re gonna focus all our energy on the stick and puck game happening inside PNC Arena Saturday night.
The Hurricanes will host the Wild to kick off their final month of the season, as Carolina looks to move a point streak to seven games against a Minnesota team which has an eight-game point streak of its own coming into Raleigh.
It’ll be an interesting site to see in Minnesota’s net, as the deadline-acquired Marc-Andre Fleury will start for Minnesota. For his career, Fleury is 18-10-1-5 against the Canes with a 2.50 GAA and .914 save percentage.
The Canes will still be without Ethan Bear and Jesperi Kotkaniemi for Saturday’s meeting, while it will be Frederik Andersen who slots in between the pipes for Carolina.
Here’s how both teams will line up:
Teuvo Teravainen - Sebastian Aho - Seth Jarvis
Andrei Svechnikov - Vincent Trocheck - Max Domi
Nino Niederreiter - Jordan Staal - Jesper Fast
Martin Necas - Derek Stepan - Jordan Martinook
Jaccob Slavin - Tony DeAngelo
Brady Skjei - Brett Pesce
Brendan Smith - Ian Cole
Injuries and Scratches: Steven Lorentz (healthy), Ethan Bear (lower body), Jesperi Kotkaniemi (lower body)
Kirill Kaprizov - Ryan Hartman - Mats Zuccarello
Jordan Greenway - Joel Eriksson Ek - Marcus Foligno
Tyson Jost - Frederick Gaudreau - Kevin Fiala
Brandon Duhaime - Nick Bjugstad - Nicolas Deslauriers
Jacob Middleton - Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin - Matt Dumba
Alex Goligoski - Dmitry Kulikov
Injuries and Scratches: Jordie Benn (healhty), Matt Boldy (upper body), Jon Merrill (upper body)