Hurricanes At Predators, Game Preview: Eric Staal Hits Ice For His First Preseason Contest

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: (L-R) Actress Meaghan Martin John Tavares of the New York Islanders Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes pose for a photo during the cocktail reception hosted by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter at The Monkey Bar on September 14 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images for the NHL)

Captain Eric Staal is not only the face of the Carolina Hurricanes franchise, he's considered to be one of the headline stars of the NHL.  The week before training camp started, the All Star center had to go to New York City to participate in a League media blitz.

But once he returned to Raleigh, it was all business for the team leader.  Like the rest of the club, Staal has been working very hard in training camp.  The high scoring center will take the ice tonight in Nashville for the first time this preseason, with much anticipation. Staal will be looking to regain his point-per-game, (or higher), scoring pace from portions of previous seasons, as well as trying to maintain that consistent pace throughout the entire year.

Several other "veterans" will be joining him tonight.  Paul Branecky from CH.com published the expected forward lines:

  • Staal-Ruutu-Samsonov
  • Sutter-Jokinen-Cole
  • Dalpe-Bowman-Kostopoulos
  • Nash-O'Sullivan-Dwyer

Justin Pogge and Justin Peters will split time in net.  Looks like Peters will get this entire game while Pogge takes tomorrow night's game at the RBC.


Justin Peters

#60 / Goalie / Carolina Hurricanes

6-1

205

Aug 30, 1986



Justin Pogge

#31 / Goalie / Carolina Hurricanes

6-3

204

Apr 22, 1986


 

Brett Carson, Joe Corvo, Jamie McBain, Jay Harrison, Joni Pitkanen, and Bryan Rodney are the listed defensemen for the game. 

Those top two lines could very well be the actual lines for the season opening contest in Helsinki, so the coaching staff will be hoping for some instant chemistry from those combinations.  

This will be the opening preseason game for the Predators.  It appears their lineup will consist of several prospects, but Pekka Rinne will be in net, for at least a portion of the game.  For more Preds information, check out "On The Forecheck", the fine SBN Nashville blog.

Opening faceoff is set for 8 p.m. Eastern and at this time, there is no online streaming available.  You can listen to Chuck on 99.9 The Fan and starting at 7, we will have an open game thread up and running here for plenty of commentary.

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