Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 12/26/10 at 05:15 PM ET
Like most of the eastern United States, Raleigh was hit with a snowstorm on Christmas Day. The Hurricanes canceled a season ticket holder event. The game for tonight—against the Capitals, is on. Maybe.
The Hurricanes are ready to go. The Capitals are in town and ready to go. According to twitter feeds, they’re still waiting on the referees to show up. And that could be tricky. Hundreds of flights have been delayed in New York, Washington, Baltimore, etc. I read earlier today that Delta was canceling more than 500 flights and US Air was canceling more than 300. Between the delays, the cancellations, the last minute changes, and the frustration of travel during the holiday, it could spell trouble.
For now, the plan is to play the game. No word on the arrival of the officials.
Whenever the game is played, Carolina will have a slightly different look.
Paul Maurice has juggled the line combinations, and Jeff Skinner will be centering the second line with the Finns Tuomo Ruutu and Jussi Jokinen as his wings. Sergei Samsonov will move to the top line left wing. Brandon Sutter will move down to third line center and, I suppose, Pat Dwyer will move to left wing on that line.
Also, Jamie McBain will be on the top defensive pairing with Tim Gleason for the first time this season. This, Maurice hopes, will get the young blueliner to step up his defensive game. McBain played in a handful of games last season and is still considered to be a rookie. He’s played in all 33 games and has registered nine (1/8) points and is a +4.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.