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Boychuk set to make season debut for Hurricanes

Friday, 12.06.2013 / 4:40 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Boychuk set to make season debut for Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes will juggle their lineup Friday when they play the San Jose Sharks.

Forward Zach Boychuk was recalled from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. He likely will replace Drayson Bowman or Patrick Dwyer, who were injured in a 5-2 win against the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

It will be Boychuk's first NHL game this season after playing with the Hurricanes, Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins last season. This will mark the sixth consecutive season Boychuk has appeared in a game for Carolina. He has eight goals and 20 points in 85 NHL games.

Hurricanes defenseman Mike Komisarek has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury after leaving the game Thursday. Defenseman Tim Gleason may be ready to return to the lineup in Komisarek's absence.

The Sharks (19-4-5) are coming off a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday. CSNBayArea.com's Kevin Kurz reported that Alex Stalock would start in net Friday. He relieved Antti Niemi for the third period on Thursday.

Here are the projected lineups:

SHARKS

Tomas Hertl - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns

Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Tommy Wingels

Martin Havlat - Joe Pavelski - Tyler Kennedy

James Sheppard - Andrew Desjardins - Mike Brown

Justin Braun - Marc-Edouard Vlasic

Brad Stuart - Dan Boyle

Jason Demers - Scott Hannan

Alex Stalock

Antti Niemi

Scratched: John McCarthy, Matt Pelech, Matt Irwin

Injured: Adam Burish (back), Raffi Torres (knee)

HURRICANES

Jeff Skinner - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu

Jiri Tlusty - Jordan Staal - Zach Boychuk

Nathan Gerbe - Riley Nash - Elias Lindholm

Kevin Westgarth - Manny Malhotra - Radek Dvorak

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk

Ron Hainsey - Tim Gleason

Jay Harrison - Ryan Murphy

Cam Ward

Justin Peters

Injured: Mike Komisarek (lower body), Patrick Dwyer (upper body), Drayson Bowman (lower body), Alexander Semin (concussion), Brett Bellemore (concussion), Anton Khudobin (lower body)

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