There are some good vibes in Raleigh this week as the Hurricanes have earned three points in two games and started their road trip off on the right foot by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs. Some other good news is that defenseman Tim Gleason, who missed time with a concussion, has begun skating with the team again and could return to the lineup as soon as next week. Gleason plays a big role both on and off the ice, so getting him back in the lineup will be critical. However, Gleason's return also creates a logjam on the Canes blue-line and it will be interesting to see how the Canes deal with it.
This situation isn't anything new to the Canes, as they usually carry one or two spare defensemen, but Kirk Muller & Dave Lewis seem to be content with their current defense pairings so it's tough to figure out how Muller will work Gleason into the lineup. It's been hard enough for them to work Mike Komisarek into the lineup, as he has played only one game thus far, and it will be interesting to see who the other odd-man out is in another week. It's possible that the Canes might roll seven defensemen & 11 forwards to get everyone into the lineup, especially if Elias Lindholm stays out, but who should play and who should sit if they opt to dress six defensemen?
To figure out the answer to this, let's take a look at where Gleason could play in the lineup and how each member of the Canes defense has performed in this young season.no comments