How are the Caroline Hurricanes built? Well they're made up of a guy the Leafs didn't want (John Michael Liles), a guy the Leafs thought they wanted, but really didn't (Tim Gleason), another guy the Leafs didn't want (Jiri Tlusty), and yet another guy the Leafs didn't want (or couldn't afford) in Jay McClement. Throw in a guy named Michal Jordan who doesn't even wear the number 23 (come on!) and two former Sabres, and you basically have the island of Misfit Toys - don't even get me started on the guy who refused to play for the Mooseheads.
There are some very good pieces on Carolina - Faulk, Lindholm, Skinner at times, the Staals when healthy, but in the end the team looks and plays like a collection of spare parts. A discount store for other teams shopping for something at the deadline. I don't mean this as an offense - this is coming from a team that once featured Oleg Petrov as its leading scorer. We know cast-offs (see: Dackell, Andreas and Kilger, Chad).
Speaking of which*... Bryan Allen has recovered from the flu, so there's a chance he replaces someone on the back end. More news as it becomes available. Mike Weaver and Lars Eller both skated, but wore non-contact jerseys. Eric Tangradi has been recalled, but I envision no circumstances in which he plays in tonight's game. Aside from a possible change on the back end, this will be the same team that faced the Kings on Friday.
*Former Ducks Kilger and Allen - what did you think I meant?
Puck drop is at 7:30 PM ET (9 PM in Newfoundland). You can watch:
In Canada (English): Sportsnet-East
In Canada (French): RDS
In the Canes' Region: FS-CR
Elsewhere: NHL Center Ice or NHL Gamecenter Live
|Max Pacioretty||Alex Galchenyuk||Brendan Gallagher|
|Sven Andrighetto||Tomas Plekanec||Jiri Sekac|
|Michael Bournival||David Desharnais||PA Parenteau|
|Brandon Prust||Manny Malhotra||Dale Weise|
|Andrei Markov||P.K. Subban|
|Alexei Emelin||Sergei Gonchar|
|Nathan Beaulieu||Tom Gilbert|
Injured: Mike Weaver, Bryan Allen, Lars Eller
Scratched: Eric Tangradi
As for the Canes, here's how they're shaping up
|Zach Boychuk||Eric Staal
|Nathan Gerbe||Riley Nash
||Victor Rask||Justin Shugg
Scratched: Jay Harrison
Injured: Jordan Staal, Brett Bellemore, Alexander Semin, Andrej Nestrasil, Jiri Tlusty
Check out the opposing side at Canes Country