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Pitkanen out, Gleason also ailing for Hurricanes

by Kurt Dusterberg

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes will be without defenseman Joni Pitkanen for Thursday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Pitkanen is expected to miss several days after leaving Tuesday's 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils with an injury.

Fellow blueliner Tim Gleason also could be out. He is nursing a lower-body injury after playing 20:07 against the Devils.

Carolina has recalled defenseman Michal Jordan from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. He has yet to make his NHL debut.

Coming off a successful 4-1-1 road trip in which Cam Ward was strong in the net, the Hurricanes will turn to Dan Ellis against the Maple Leafs. In the most recent game at PNC Arena (on Feb. 1), Ellis shut out the Ottawa Senators, 1-0.

The Maple Leafs are riding their first four-game winning streak since Jan. 3-9, 2012. Their most recent loss came to Carolina in a 4-1 decision in Toronto.

"The Staal brothers are big-bodied centerman who drive the offense for the Carolina hockey club," Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said. "We found out first hand in our building how dominant they can be. We have to be neat and tidy and do some things to limit their time and space."

Here are the projected lineups for the Hurricanes and Maple Leafs:


Jiri TlustyEric StaalAlexander Semin

Jeff SkinnerJordan StaalPatrick Dwyer

Drayson BowmanJussi JokinenChad LaRose

Andreas NodlTim BrentTim Wallace

Tim Gleason/Michal JordanJoe Corvo

Justin FaulkJamie McBain

Jay HarrisonBobby Sanguinetti

Dan Ellis

Cam Ward

Injuries: Tuomo Ruutu, Joni Pitkanen

Scratch: Kevin Westgarth


James Van RiemsdykTyler BozakPhil Kessel

Nikolai KuleminMikhail GrabovskiLeo Komarov

Jay McClementNazem KadriClarke MacArthur

Colton OrrDavid SteckelFrazer McLaren

John-Michael LilesMichael Kostka

Cody FransonMark Fraser

Dion PhaneufKorbinian Holzer

Ben Scrivens

Jussi Rynnas

Injured: Matt Frattin, Joffrey Lupul, Carl Gunnarsson, Mike Brown, James Reimer

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