Hurricanes forward Chad LaRose
returns to the Carolina lineup Saturday night after missing seven games with a lower-body injury. His return leads to a juggling of the forward lines, but a lot of the focus will be on stopping Lightning forward Steven Stamkos
, who leads the NHL with 45 goals.
"We've got to stop Stamkos. He's on fire," said Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller
. "Our D pairings are going to be important and our awareness of him."
After Tampa Bay's 4-3 overtime win against the Rangers on Friday night, the team arrived in Raleigh late due to weather conditions. They did not skate Saturday morning.
Here is Carolina's projected starting lineup:
- Eric Staal
- Jiri Tlusty
- Jussi Jokinen
- Chad LaRose
- Brandon Sutter
- Andreas Nodl
- Tim Brent
- Derek Joslin
- Bryan Allen
- Justin Faulk
- Jamie McBain