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Predators at Hurricanes: Preseason Game Preview

The Carolina Hurricanes play their first home game of the preseason tonight as they take on the Nashville Predators at the RBC.  The Canes will be looking to even up their record after dropping the first game of the preseason at Buffalo earlier this week.  

After skipping last week's Red/White game due to an undisclosed minor injury, Cam Ward will be making the start in goal, although he is not expected to play the entire game.  Justin Peters will be the backup.   

Several other regulars will be in the lineup tonight.  Look for the following line combinations:

  • Ponikarovsky-Staal-Jokinen
  • Skinner-Ruutu-Stewart
  • Terry-Brent-Boychuk
  • Bowman-Nash-(Brett) Sutter
  • Pitkanen-Gleason
  • Kaberle-McBain
  • Murphy-Faulk

Buddy, from Preds on the Glass created a document with the roster for Nashville, although we don't have the lines.  Check that out here

The listed forwards are: Beck, Bergfors, Bourque, Flynn, Halishuk, Hornqvist, Lajunen, Legwand, Mueller, Puustinen, Smith, Wilson.   Defensemen: Blum, Ekholm, Ellis, Hillen, Klein, Laasko, Sloan.

The goalies will be: Anders Lindback and Jeremy Smith.

Those of you hoping to see Shea Weber, Pekka Rinne, and Mike Fisher will have to wait til next time. 

For even more info about the Preds, check out what Dirk and his crew are saying over at On The Forecheck.

The Hurricanes will be streaming this game live from their website with John Forslund and Tripp Tracy providing the call.  Forslund mentioned on Twitter that there will be a local only feed, so for those of you outside the area, good luck.

As always, you can listen to the game via the radio feed on 99.9 The Fan.

Carolyn has updated her Canes Country Camp Guide.  Feel free to print it out and take it to the rink.

Canes Country's Guide to 2011 Training Camp

We will be live blogging from the press box with an open thread starting up at 6:45.  The puck drops at 7.