2006 Stanley Cup Rematch of Sorts Tonight; Taylor Hall Returns To Ice Today
The Hurricanes visit Edmonton tonight to play against the Oilers in a 2006 Stanley Cup Rematch. Just for one game, though. If Hurricanes fans can think back to 2006 and put some juice into their fandom, maybe this game would matter in Carolina.
The Hurricanes come in with only eight wins on the season. Edmonton is staying afloat and showing promise in the young season. If I had to pick right now, I'd pick the Oilers to come out on top. The Oilers will be looking for redemption after a loss to Calgary and the Hurricanes are in the middle of a western Canadian coast trip that usually bludgeons teams. Losing four of their last five games will give the Oilers the fire they need to defeat their Stanley Cup Final foe. The Hurricanes are winless (0-4) since firing Paul Maurice and having Kirk Mueller take over.
Here is the injury report for the game tonight, via NHL.com:
Centers Shawn Horcoff (bruised ribs) and Anton Lander (infected hand), as well as winger Ben Eager (sore back) are probable for Wednesday's game. Forward Taylor Hall is on injured reserve and will miss 2-4 weeks with a left shoulder injury. Defensemen Corey Potter (sprained ankle – 1 month) and Cam Barker (left ankle surgery – 3 months) are also out. … Backup goalie Brian Boucher (lower body) and defenseman Jay Harrison (upper body) missed Tuesday's game against Calgary, while defenseman Joni Pitkanen left the game with an upper-body injury.
For the first time since injuring his shoulder against the Avalanche last month, Taylor Hall returned to the ice today with a light workout. That's good news for Oilers fans, as Hall was reportedly to miss 2-4 weeks with the injury. It looks like he could be back between two and three weeks.