RALEIGH, SOUTH CAROLINA (NEWS 1130) – The Canucks five-game road trip has landed them in Carolina for a date with the Hurricanes. Vancouver is running in to a team that has been playing very well at home, winning six straight. The Canucks are looking to rebound after a 3-0 loss to Washington on Sunday.
Sven Baertschi is back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch against the Capitals. He will get a chance to redeem himself on the first powerplay unit. He has also been reunited with his linemate’s Bo Horvat and Alex Burrows. He says he is happy to be back in the lineup.
“I knew I had a little bit of a tough game against Florida. I was out there for three goals, which is tough, but that is hockey. It is good to be back. It is not the first time I’ve been a healthy scratch. It is just part of developing. It was just one game and it didn’t really phase me. I am a confident player.”
Horvat says their line will have a point to prove tonight against the Canes.
“We have had our chances. We have been playing some good hockey as of late. It is just a matter of finding the back of the net and I think if we just bear down and do the little things right, eventually it is going to come for us.”
Ryan Miller gets the start in net after missing the last two games with an undisclosed injury. The Canucks sent Thatcher Demko back to Utica because of Miller’s return. Cam Ward gets the start between the pipes for Carolina.
The Hurricanes will get a boost to their lineup this evening with the return of Jordan Staal and Elias Lindholm. Both had miss extended time with injuries.
It is the second of two meetings between the two teams this season. Vancouver came back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Carolina 4-3 in overtime on October 16th.
The puck drops at 4 p.m. and you can watch it on Sportsnet.