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Game 35: Carolina Hurricanes (16-16-2) vs. Washington Capitals (16-17-2)


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#1 CarolinaPanthers8789

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 05:41 PM

The Canes are at home tonight as they take on the Caps. I think it's safe to say that this is a must win game for the Canes as they can close the game with a Winnipeg loss against the Islanders (either way, if the Canes win they will gain ground on New York or Winnipeg).

The Canes will look a little different tonight as they currently have eight healthy defensemen on the roster. Muller could possibly roll with seven defensemen and use newly acquired Marc Andre Bergeron (MAB) just on the power play as a point man.

The line-ups will be as followed...

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner - Jordan Staal - Patrick Dwyer
Drayson Bowman - Riley Nash - Jussi Jokinen
Chad LaRose - Tim Brent - Double Shift

Gleason - Corvo
Pitkanen - Bergeron
Harrison - Bellemore
Sanguinetti

Dan Ellis
Justin Peters

Inactive: Jamie McBain (healthy), Kevin Westgarth (healthy)
Injured: Tuomo Ruutu (groin), Justin Faulk (knee), Cam Ward (knee)

As far as the Caps go, they recently reassigned Dmitry Orlov and Tomas Kundratek the the AHL, so they will obviously not play tonight. The Caps also activated John Erskine from IR, so he is expected to back in the line-up tonight. Caps goaltender Michael Neuvirth is said to be progressing through his injury well and could play if needed tonight, however Braden Holtby is expected to get the start. The Caps have a bunch of moves acquiring Dan Byers from Edmonton and Joel Rechlicz from Phoenix and they also signed Nate Schmidt and Jack Hillen. A few of those players mentioned might be in the line-up for the Caps tonight. Regarding injuries, the only significant player that Washington will be without tonight is Eric Fehr.

GO CANES!!!

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 05:42 PM

McBain is not on the ice, hopefully this is foreshadowing a move that will be made tomorrow.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 05:49 PM

Skinner back with J. Staal and Dwyer tonight.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 05:59 PM

You gotta be shitting me, Peters 2 games against the Caps have been shutouts and ellis just lost to them.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:05 PM

Peters has played three straight games, I think Ellis will good tonight, he's really fresh.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:07 PM

San Jose in the building scouting.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:26 PM

Tlusty!!!!

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:26 PM

TLUSTY!!!

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:28 PM

I like MAB so far, I had heard he was pretty much useless on 5-5 but he looks like he's a pretty good player.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:28 PM

Tlusty!

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:33 PM

TLUSTY PP!!! I LOVE MAB!!!

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:33 PM

Tlusty again!!! A pp goal!!!!

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:35 PM

Is Tlusty gonna be the recipient of a headwear shower tonight?

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:37 PM

I hope so, and I'll tell you right now. MAB is already worth Hall and a 7th.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:38 PM

Islanders up 1-0 on Winnipeg.


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