Tonight the Hurricanes are on the road to play another exhibition game, this time in Nashville. There will be a few vets in the lineup trying to fine tune their timing, and there will be a few players in the contest still trying to make the team. CH.com is reporting that the lineup will be as follows-
- Staal, Samsonov, Eaves
- Cullen, Helminen, Bayda
- Sutter, LaRose, LaCouture
- Jensen, Gillies
- Pitkanen, Gleason
- Kaberle, Seidenberg
- Melichar, Babchuk
Cam Ward and Michael Leighton are scheduled to share duties between the pipes. It looks like Peter Laviolette is trying out his seven defenseman strategy.
I'm a bit surprised that Cullen is playing again, so soon. Hopefully, he is no worse for the wear from of that nasty hit on Sunday.
Justin Peters and Daniel Manzato were both sent to Albany today, so the goalie situation has been worked out. But one big question remains. If either Ward or Leighton gets injured, who will get called up? Tough decison there. Jeff Daniels might have to make that call up in Albany.
Don't forget that game time is at 8 PM local time. The Preds are not advertising that the game will be shown via "live-streaming" on their website, so I guess it will be Chuck and the "Letter K" for tonight.
In other news briefs-
Tim Gleason will have his own weekly spot on XM radio called, "Checking in with Hurricane Tim". Mike Sundheim has more information about that on his latest blog posting.
FS Carolinas (FSN) announced today that they will be broadcasting 15 games in HD. The Canes list the schedule right here.
Nic Wallin was back on the ice at practice today after recovering from a concussion and claims to be feeling fine. Chip has a nice interview with Wallin on LSB.
Rod Brind'Amour and Ray Whitney have also been skating lately and should be close to game ready. I believe that leaves Tim Conboy, Zach Boychuk, and Tuomo Ruutu as the only ones still technically injured and not practicing with the team.
It seems hard to believe, but it's just one more week until opening night. Are you ready?