I apologize in advance for the lack of a theme. I pretty much gave up on that and just came up with a bunch of random crap, loosely based on animals. Sunday's matinee at the ESA/RBC Center/PNC Arena/That Big White Building Off Wade Avenue will see the Hurricanes play host to the Phoenix Coyotes (that's still their name, right?). Due to the fact that the puck will drop at 10 am Arizona time, one can logically deduce that somebody's scheduling coordinator is a moron. Pre-game skates are expected to be low-intensity, particularly for the Coyotes. Conversely, a typical morning for Kyle Chipchura However, the venerable Dave Tippett knows what it takes to get a pack of wild dogs ready for action. He knows... he knows. Curiously, Shane Doan has been extra vigilant since arriving in Raleigh. Doan spotted earlier today near arena. Unconfirmed reports of a wolfpack in the vicinity, possible contact made. Meanwhile, the Carolina Ice Hogs are expected to gather for Sunday brunch, eating entirely too much food and negating any possible advantage resulting from the other team being jet lagged. Sekera: Hey guys, you going to share any of that? I also heard a rumor that they will be competing in the world-famous pig races at this year's State Fair. The exhausting training regimen for such an excruciating event may have a negative impact on their on-ice performance. #conspirsy #sekret Sekera again, who clearly has not trained well enough. At least he wore his third jersey. Lineups (current as of 11:30 am) Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin Nathan Gerbe - Jordan Staal - Patrick Dwyer Jeff Skinner - Riley Nash - Radek Dvorak Drayson Bowman - Brett Sutter - Tuomo Ruutu (!) Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk Brett Bellemore - Ron Hainsey Jay Harrison - Ryan Murphy Komisarek possible if Faulk is a no go Anton Khudobin Cam Ward Mikkel Boedker - Antoine Vermette - Shane Doan Michael Ribeiro - Martin Hanzal - Radim Vrbata Lauri Korpikoski - Kyle Chipchura - David Moss Robert Klinkhammer - Tim Kennedy - Brendon Yip Oliver Ekman-Larrson - Zbynek Michalek Keith Yandle - Derek Morris Rostislav Klesla - David Rundblad (that's a guess based on their GDT) Mike Smith Thomas Greiss Injuries Lindholm - undisclosed, day to day Gleason - concussion, who knows Faulk - undisclosed, game time decision My infallible prediction: Coyotes win 5-4. Radim Vrbata gets the hat trick against the team who traded him away for peanuts. Ron Hainsey scores six goals.