Carolina Hurricanes vs Montreal Canadiens: lineup and game discussion

They are baaaaack! After a 12-day hiatus due to the NHL’s COVID hiatus, the Hurricanes return to home action tonight against the Montreal Canadiens.

The Hurricanes will receive a plethora of reinforcements in their roster, with everyone who was on the COVID protocol list returning before the break. The Hurricanes will be deprived of their number 1 goalie, as Frederik Andersen is now in the protocol, with defenseman Brendan Smith. This should be Antti Raanta’s crease until Andersen can come back.

Here’s how Project Hurricanes will line up tonight:

Nino Niederreiter – Sebastian Aho – Teuvo Teravainen
Andrei Svechnikov – Vincent Trocheck – Martin Necas
Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Jordan Staal – Seth Jarvis
Steven Lorentz – Derek Stepan – Jesper Fast – Stefan Noesen *

Jacob Slavin – Tony DeAngelo
Brady Skjei – Brett Pesce
Ian Cole – Ethan Bear

Antti Raanta
Alex Lyon

* one of the attackers listed on the fourth line will be a healthy scratch.

Injuries: Jordan Martinook, Jalen Chatfield

COVID-19 Protocol: Frederik Andersen, Brendan Smith

Unlike the Hurricanes, Montreal remains ravaged by COVID. The Habs will recover Artturi Lehkonen this evening, but will add two more players to the protocol, bringing their total number to 12.

Stay tuned for more information on the lineup for Montreal as the puck approaches.

Toya J. Bell