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Necas returns from lower-body injury for Carolina; Edmonton ends four-game homestand

by Derek Van Diest / Independent Correspondent

HURRICANES (18-11-1) at OILERS (18-10-4)

9 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-CR, NHL.TV 


The Game

Martin Necas is expected to play for the Carolina Hurricanes against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Tuesday after missing four games with a lower-body injury.

The 20-year-old forward, chosen with the No. 12 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 26 games, tied for fifth with New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox among NHL rookies. 

The Oilers conclude a four-game homestand 2-3-1 in their past six games after going 6-2-1 in their previous nine. They are tied with the Arizona Coyotes for first in the Pacific Division.


Players to watch

Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho had five points (three goals, two assists) in a 6-2 win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. He's one goal from 100 in the NHL. 

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl leads the NHL with 53 points (19 goals, 34 assists). He has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past five games.  


They said it

"We have a good atmosphere and leadership in here. Everyone knows the grind of the season and you have to enjoy it and have fun and we try to do that as much as we can, get our fans involved and make sure they're having fun as well." -- Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton  

"I can tell in the locker room that we're not satisfied. You don't see guys getting too up or down. They're really consistent, especially the top guys. They know the League changes really quick and they show up to every game and know it's important every night." -- Oilers defenseman Caleb Jones  


Hurricanes projected lineup 

Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Ryan Dzingel -- Lucas Wallmark -- Martin Necas

Brock McGinn -- Jordan Martinook -- Julien Gauthier

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce

Jake Gardiner -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

James Reimer

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Haydn Fleury

Injured: Erik Haula (knee)


Oilers projected lineup

Joakim Nygard -- Connor McDavid -- Zack Kassian

Jujhar Khaira -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Leon Draisaitl

James Neal -- Gaetan Haas -- Patrick Russell

Markus Granlund -- Riley Sheahan -- Josh Archibald

Darnell Nurse -- Ethan Bear

Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson

Kris Russell -- Caleb Jones

Mikko Koskinen

Mike Smith

Scratched: Brandon Manning, Sam Gagner, Alex Chiasson

Injured: Matt Benning (head) 


Status report

Carolina recalled Gauthier from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Sunday. … Jones was recalled from Bakersfield of the AHL on Monday and will play his 10th NHL game of the season.


Stat pack

Svechnikov has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in his past 14 games. … Reimer needs one win for 150 in the NHL. … Edmundson will play his 300th NHL game. … McDavid has 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) in his past 17 games.

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