The Carolina Hurricanes are visiting the home of their new, (although temporary) division rivals, the Winnipeg Jets tonight to finish what was started on Sunday. But unlike the game in Charlotte, the Jets will be playing more of their regulars in this one while the Canes will be leaving most of their brightest stars at home.
According to Illegal Curve, the Jets lineup will include former Canes, Andrew Ladd and Troy Bodie.
Brett Festerling Tobias Enstrom
Paul Postma Zach Bogosian
Mark Stuart Johnny Oduya
Andrew Ladd Alex Burmistrov Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane Mark Scheifele Spencer Machacek
Carl Klingberg Kyle Wellwood Chris Thorburn
Patrice Cormier Troy Bodie, Janne Pesonen
Healthy Scratches: Bryan Little, Nik Antropov, Jason Gregoire, Tim Stapleton, Ben Maxwell, Jim Slater, Ron Hainsey, Dustin Byfuglien, Randy Jones, David Aebischer
Preseason game or not, everyone anticipates another raucous, sell out crowd for this one.
The Hurricanes official lineup has yet to be announced, although coach Paul Maurice made some earlier statements which we can read into. First of all, Brian Boucher is expected to go all the way in this contest. He'll probably be backed up by Mike Murphy.
The coach also said that he wanted Bryan Allen and Derek Joslin to see some action, so they will be on the ice barring something unforeseen.
Last but not least, most of the younger players will be trying to make this game stand out as a final positive point of reference for this training camp. It's expected that there will be another roster cut this week, but even if some of these youngsters don't make the team this go-round, they want to be at the top of the "recall list". So it's vital that borderline players such as Zach Boychuk, Jerome Samson, Drayson Bowman, Brett Sutter, and others step it up to the max in this one tonight.
I'll take a stab at the starting lines, but they certainly could be different:
- Jokinen, Skinner, Stewart
- Bowman, Sutter16, Tlusty
- Dwyer, Brent, Boychuk
- Sutter42, Matsumoto, (Nash?) Samson
- Allen, Murphy
- McBain, Kaberle (Faulk?)
- Joslin, Sanguinetti
Eric Staal, Cam Ward, Joni Pitkanen, Tim Gleason, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Tuomo Ruutu, and Chad LaRose did not make the trip.
The game will be broadcast by TSN and is scheduled to be rebroadcast on the NHL Network at 3 a.m. (Check your local schedule.) As always, you can listen online via the stream from 99.9 The Fan , and we will have an open thread for discussion here starting at 8 while the puck will be dropped at 8:30 Eastern. We will also be searching for video streaming options once the game starts, so check back in the game thread for information about that.
One final note, the season's first Canes Corner featuring Mike Maniscalco is tonight and the guest will be Cam Ward. If you can not make it to the Backyard Bistro, you can also listen to that on 99.9 The Fan starting at 7 p.m.