The Carolina Hurricanes aren't a bad hockey team. They're 24-20-9, plunking them right in the middle of the Metropolitan Division, which is still hockey's most meh. They're an ok 13-10-5 at home. They very much seem to be stuck in the holding pattern that they've exited in since they last won the Stanley Cup in 2006.
A decent portion of that is due to Cam Ward not being able to regain his form - and not through any personal shortcomings. He's just managed to get himself injured more often than not, and hasn't been able to be the Canes' starting goaltender this season. I'm sure that Carolina would like for him to be. He's currently with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers on a conditioning stint, so hopefully the Canes will be getting him back soon. Tonight, though, it's more than likely going to be Jaroslav Halak versus Anton Khudobin. Halak got a shutout against the Devils last game, and Khudobin has been more than serviceable in his 16 games played, with a .925 save percentage and a 2.24 GAA.
He also looks exactly like Tim Thomas:
Tonight's an early 6:00 puck drop, so rejoice European and Eastern Time Zone Blues fans - early bed time for us elderly people over the age of 30! Get off of my lawn, and head over to Canes Country to say hi, then come on back for a CCR preview and the GDT.