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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Detroit Red Wings Preview

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Raleigh, NC -- The Carolina Hurricanes (32-10-7, 71pts) and the Detroit Red Wings (17-25-9, 43pts) meet tonight for the final time this season.

Carolina is coming off a 5-1 defeat (link) of the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. The victory kept the Canes at the top of the Central Division standings with only seven games left to play.

Detroit has already been eliminated from playoff contention. Nevertheless, the Red Wings have played well against Carolina this season. They boast an impressive (4-3-0) record versus the Canes. The two teams last met on April 12, a 3-1 win for Detroit.

One significant change from the Canes' lineup on that night is the addition of Teuvo Teravainen. The winger made his return on Tuesday in Dallas. It was the first game back for the 26-year-old Finn after missing 25 games.

"I'm so excited to be back with the boys now," Teravainen said on Thursday. "[The concussion symptoms are] all past now, and I'm excited to move forward now."

One person who can relate to Teravainen is his head coach, Rod Brind'Amour. The 50-year-old played 20 seasons in the NHL and sustained his share of injuries.

"The way concussions are graded now, at least, how they take guys out, I look back on my career, and there was some worry when I was done," Brind'Amour said. "Holy moly, I probably had a hundred of them. But, we didn't know...Now, they take care of these guys the best they can, and that's a great thing."

After a distinguished playing career, Brind'Amour became the Carolina head coach three years ago. Thursday night's game will be his 200th behind the bench. His (116-64-19) equates to a .631 points percentage, good for 15th in NHL history through 200 games and 3rd among active coaches (Todd McLellan: .683, Dave Tippett: .643).

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Coach Brind'Amour continued to emphasize that some players are being held out for precautionary reasons.

"If a guy is banged up a little bit, he doesn't play," Brind'Amour said. "If we were in a little different spot, we'd probably say, 'You gotta get in there, we need this game.'"

Brady Skjei is expected to draw back into the lineup after missing a few games with a concussion. Jesper Fast, Brock McGinn, Jordan Martinook, and Petr Mrazek are not expected to play.

James Reimer (14-5-2, .905 SV%, 2.74 GAA) will start in net for Carolina. Reimer has won only two of his last six starts, giving up at least two goals in each of those games.

Jonathan Bernier (9-9-1, .912 SV%, 3.02 GAA) will start for Detroit. Bernier is winless in his last three. Overall, he's lost six of his previous eight starts.

The Canes' expected lines:


Andrei Svechnikov — Sebastian Aho — Teuvo Teravainen

Nino Niederreiter — Vincent Trocheck — Martin Necas

Cedric Paquette — Jordan Staal — Warren Foegele

Max McCormick — Steven Lorentz — Morgan Geekie


Jaccob Slavin — Dougie Hamilton

Brady Skjei — Brett Pesce

Jake Gardiner — Jani Hakanpaa


James Reimer

Alex Nedeljkovic

Injuries: Brock McGinn (upper body), Jordan Martinook (lower body), Petr Mrazek (lower body), Jesper Fast (lower body), Jake Bean (healthy)

Detroit's expected lines:


Jakub Vrana — Michael Rasmussen — Valtteri Filppula

Adam Erne — Vladislav Namestnikov — Filip Zadina

Richard Panik — Joe Veleno — Sam Gagner

Darren Helm — Luke Glendening — Evgeny Svechnikov


Dennis Cholowski — Filip Hronek

Marc Staal — Troy Stecher

Danny DeKeyser — Gustav Lindstrom


Jonathan Bernier

Thomas Greiss

Injuries: Tyler Bertuzzi (upper body), Robby Fabbri (upper body), Bobby Ryan (upper body), Frans Nielsen (lower body), Dylan Larkin (upper body)

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