Rockin' In The Free World: Thrashers at Canes, Game Preview

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 25: Zac Dalpe #22 of the Carolina Hurricanes carries the puck against the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena on September 25 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Thrashers are in town to battle with the Carolina Hurricanes in the final stateside preseason game for the Canes.  The team leaves for Russia almost immediately following the game and will play against St. Petersburg of the KHL in another tune up contest, on Monday.

This game has an unusual 1:30 start time, but the good news for Caniacs is that admission is free.  The club has been handing out tickets at various events throughout the past month, but reportedly there were still tickets left and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The Hurricanes will be starting several of their regulars for this game, in hopes of finding some chemistry and continuity.  The lines should start out like the following:

  • Staal-O`Sullivan-Cole
  • Sutter-Ruutu-Bowman
  • Jokinen-Skinner-LaRose
  • Dalpe-Dwyer-Tlusty
  • Gleason-Corvo
  • McBain-Pitkanen
  • Sanguinetti-Carson

Cam Ward is expected to go the whole way in goal. Anton Babchuk, Jay Harrison, and Tom Kostopoulos are the healthy scratches. 

Sergei Samsonov has been put on the injured reserve list and will not make the trip to Europe.

Hockeymom has prepared a printable, gameday guide for those of you wishing to bring a lineup sheet to the game.

Gameday Guide Oct 1 vs Atlanta

The Thrashers will be leaving Dustin Byfuglien home, the culprit who tripped Samsonov, sending him head first into the boards.  But they will be bringing most of their starters with them as well.  The Blueland Blog has the listing of players who are making the trip to Raleigh.   

Forwards (13)
80    Antropov, Nik
18    Bergfors, Niclas
49    Burmistrov, Alex
15    Dawes, Nigel
21    Eager, Ben
9    Kane, Evander
16    Ladd, Andrew
10    Little, Bryan
19    Modin, Fredrik

56    Pettersson, Fredrik
47    Peverley, Rich
22    Stewart, Anthony
27    Thorburn, Chris

Defensemen (7)
4    Bogosian, Zach
39    Enstrom, Tobias
44    Kulda, Arturs
24    Meyer, Freddy
29    Oduya, Johnny
3    Sopel, Brent
51    Zubarev, Andrey

Goaltenders (2)
50    Mason, Chris
31    Pavelec, Ondrej


It is still not known if there will be live streaming of this game, but we will have an open game thread as usual here, starting at 1.  Chuck Kaiton will have the call at 99.9 The Fan.

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