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Predators At Hurricanes: Game Day Preview

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The Carolina Hurricanes are ready to host the Nashville Predators for the second game of their back-to-back, home and home series tonight at the RBC.  Some players who are scheduled to play tonight have already played the previous two exhibition games and will be playing in their third game in four nights.

Although those players probably need to do so because there is yet another game scheduled in Atlanta, tomorrow night.

Paul Branecky published tonight's starting lines at

  • Sutter-Boychuk-Kennedy
  • Skinner-Jokinen-LaRose
  • Nash-Bowman-Kostopoulos
  • Matsumoto-O`Sullivan-Blanchard
  • Gleason-Babchuk
  • Harrison-Carson
  • Sanguinetti-Rodney

Justin Pogge is expected to be the primary netminder.  Mike Murphy will back him up.

Patrick O`Sullivan, Drayson Bowman, Bobby Sanguinetti, Riley Nash, Justin Pogge, Jay Harrison, and Tom Kostopoulos each will have played in all three preseason games. 

Niclas Blanchard and Matt Kennedy are making their preseason debuts tonight.

This will be a good opportunity for Zach Boychuk to step up.  He's on a line with friend and fellow linemate from his Junior Canadian Tournament days, Brandon Sutter.  Matt Kennedy served as team captain in Traverse City and was second in team scoring, (behind Jeff Skinner). 

Skinner will have quality linemates in Jussi Jokinen and Chad LaRose, so he will be looking to dent the scoresheet as well tonight.   

The Canes are led in scoring so far this preseason by Patrick O`Sullivan, (1G 1A), and Bobby Sanguinetti, (2A).  (Eric Staal also has 2 assists but will not play tonight.)


On The Forecheck has the game roster posted for the Predators, but the lines have yet to be announced.  The roster includes mainstays Martin Erat, David Legwand, Ryan Suter, and troublemaker Jordin Tootoo.

You can listen to Chuck on 99.9 The Fan or check out the Hurricanes Live Stream.  The puck drops at 7 and we will have the open game thread ready to go at 6:30.  Once again, Cory and I will be chiming in, live from the RBC.

(UPDATE)  Hockeymom's game day guide is available here: Gameday Guide Sept 24 vs Nashville