The Hurricanes are currently still in third place and first in their division (based on games played) and have a chance to go a full game up on Tampa Bay with a win against Winnipeg and a Lightning loss against Boston.
However, for the Canes to get that crucial win, they are going to have to do so without a lot of their core players. Carolina will be without Jeff Skinner (concussion), Tim Gleason (lower body, day-to-day), Joni Pitkanen (lower body, day-to-day), Tim Brent (lower body, day-to-day), and now Jamie McBain (upper body, out one to two weeks). With McBain out, Kitchener Ranger call-up Ryan Murphy will suit up for the Canes in his first NHL game. Murphy, an offensive-defense-man will be under the tutelage of Jay Harrison tonight; as Muller is forced to make more line changes to accommodate for the rash of injuries.
The Canes will roll with the following lineup tonight...
Tlusty, E. Staal - Semin
Bowman - J. Staal - Dwyer
Nodl - Jokinen - Wallace
LaRose - Nash - Westgarth
Faulk - Corvo
Harrison - Murphy
Jordan - Sanguinetti
The Jets are a very vulnerable team who is only 3-7-0 in their last ten games. They will be without Tobias Enstrom, Antti Miettinen, Al Montoya, and Zach Redmond. Redmond suffered a freak leg injury in an afternoon skate when he slipped and was then stepped on by a fellow teammate. Redmond has said to have lost quite a bit of blood, but the Jets training staff says he should be alright. Redmond has been escorted by ambulance to the hospital.
News and Notes
- Ryan Murphy is the first Hurricanes/Whalers call-up since 1983, and the first significant call-up since November 14, 1981, when the Whalers called up current assistant head coach and former Hurricane/Whaler great: Ron Francis.
- Former Hurricane and current Jet Andrew Ladd will be playing in his 500th career regular season game tonight.