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Backup goalies Ward, Brossoit each to make first start of season

by Derek Van Diest / Correspondent

HURRICANES (1-1-1) at OILERS (1-3-0)

9 p.m. ET; SNOL, FS-CR, NHL.TV


The Game

The Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes will each start their backup goalies at Rogers Place on Tuesday. Laurent Brossoit will make his first start this season for Edmonton and will be opposed by Cam Ward for Carolina.

Brossoit has entered two games in relief of Cam Talbot. Ward has yet to play after backing up Scott Darling in each of the first three games for Carolina.

Edmonton is on a three-game losing streak and will be without forward Leon Draisaitl, who is on injured reserve with an eye injury and concussion-like symptoms. He did not play in a 6-1 loss against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

Center Martin Necas, selected by Carolina (No. 12) in the 2017 NHL Draft, will make his NHL debut. 


Players to watch

Ward, an Edmonton native is 6-4-2 in his career against the Oilers. As a rookie in 2005-06, he was named winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy when the Hurricanes defeated the Oilers in seven games in the Stanley Cup Final.

Oilers right wing Kailer Yamamoto had his first NHL point, an assist on defenseman Adam Larsson's goal against the Senators. He will play on the top line with center Connor McDavid and left wing Patrick Maroon. 


They said it

"The waiting was expected, I didn't expect to get in the first few games, but I was ready for whatever game [the start] came to be." -- Oilers goaltender Laurent Brossoit on his first start of the season

"We've had a few down days since the start of the season and only playing three games has been different. I think it's helped a little working on a few little things [in practice], but we're ready to get into the routine a little more." -- Hurricanes center Jordan Staal on a light schedule

Hurricanes projected lineup 

Teuvo Teravainen -- Jordan Staal -- Justin Williams

Jeff Skinner -- Victor Rask -- Derek Ryan

Sebastian Aho -- Martin Necas -- Elias Lindholm

Joakim Nordstrom -- Marcus Kruger -- Josh Jooris

Jaccob Slavin -- Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin -- Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury -- Klas Dahlbeck

Cam Ward

Scott Darling

Scratched: Brock McGinn, Trevor Carrick, Janne Kuokkanen

Injured: Lee Stempniak (hip), Trevor van Riemsdyk (concussion)


Oilers projected lineup

Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Kailer Yamamoto

Milan Lucic -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Ryan Strome

Jujhar Khaira -- Mark Letestu -- Zack Kassian

Brad Malone -- Jussi Jokinen -- Anton Slepyshev

Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson

Darnell Nurse -- Kris Russell

Yohann Auvitu -- Eric Gryba

Laurent Brossoit

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Iiro Pakarinen

Injured: Drake Caggiula (undisclosed), Leon Draisaitl (eye), Matt Benning (illness), Andrej Sekera (knee)


Status report

Malone, who was recalled from Bakersfield of the American Hockey League on Sunday, will make his debut for Edmonton … Jooris, who was signed by Carolina as a free agent on July 1, will play his first game of the season.


Stat pack 

McDavid leads the Oilers in scoring with five points (three goals, two assists). … Skinner has a goal in each of his past two games. … Edmonton has won the past four games at home against Carolina.

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