The Carolina Hurricanes are set to get a pair of key players back in the lineup tonight as centers Jordan Staal and Elias Lindholm are expected to play when they take on Vancouver, reports Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer (Twitter links).
Staal has missed the last seven games with a concussion and had suffered a setback in his recovery just last week. He has just nine points in 21 games despite playing a top six role but is among the league leaders in faceoff percentage at 60.1% and logs over 18 minutes of ice time, third among Carolina forwards.
As for the Lindholm, the 22 year old has missed five straight games with a lower body injury. He’s off to a particularly slow start with just two goals and five points through 23 games. The former first rounder (fifth overall in 2013) has put up 39 points in each of the last two seasons.
Staal and Lindholm are expected to comprise two-thirds of a new look line alongside Joakim Nordstrom, Alexander adds in a separate tweet.
[Related: Hurricanes Depth Chart]