|Wil Mike Neuvirth make his return tonight?|
Hurricanes boss Paul Maurice will call on his stalwart, Cam Ward, in goal for the second consecutive game. After getting off to a poor start, Ward has been tremendous over his last eight outings, and has a 5-2-2 record to go along with a 2.30 GAA, .929 save percentage, and one shutout. Up front, the Hurricanes will be without top line winger Jussi Jokinen, who suffered a leg injury Tuesday against the Lightning and will be out 3-4 weeks, but otherwise are expected to field their full lineup.
Michal Neuvirth is expected to get the call in goal for his first start in almost a month tonight following Tomas Vokoun's poor showing Tuesday against the Ducks. On the year, Neuvirth has a 1-1-0 record along with a 4.10 GAA and .877 save percentage; he allowed four goals on 26 shots during a relief appearance in Vancouver last weekend. On the injury front, Troy Brouwer and Mike Green are both questionable with shoulder and ankle injuries, respectively. Jeff Halpern is slated to return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch in Washington's last game, and that spot would be opened if Brouwer sits. If Brouwer plays, it remains to be seen who would sit to accommodate Halpern.
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