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Carolina at Tampa Bay Preview

The Hurricanes are in Florida for a contest against the Lightning tonight for their first road game of the year. Tampa Bay has already played two games in Europe, and lost both of them to the New York Rangers. This will be their home opener.

Michael Leighton will get his first shot of the season between the pipes tonight. The Hurricanes are hoping for more from their backup goalie than what John Grahame was able to provide last season. There is some buzz around the fanbase about a goalie controversy brewing. Leighton's performance tonight will either quiet the talk, or heat it up.

I'm not sure about the rest of the lineup, but it might be a good chance to give Babchuk a chance to show what he's got.

As always, I'll add my comments after the game.