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The Hurricanes wrap up their preseason road schedule against the Senators today on the eastern tip of Canada.

Jeff Skinner was the hero of last night's game with two goals (and another in the exhibition OT).
Jeff Skinner was the hero of last night's game with two goals (and another in the exhibition OT).
Jamie Kellner

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Ottawa Senators
September 27, 2015 - 3:30 pm ET
Mile One Centre - St. John's, NL
TV - n/a
Radio - WRALSportsFan.com website and mobile app
SB Nation Rival Blog - Silver Seven Sens

Game Notes

  • Another early game today, owing to the fact that St. John's is actually an hour and a half ahead of the US east coast. I can honestly say I had no idea there was such a thing as Newfoundland Daylight Time (NDT) or that it worked in half-hour increments.
  • Yes, it's only preseason, but the Canes won their first preseason game last night, Jeff Skinner scored two goals (plus one more in exhibition overtime for the fake hat trick), and Noah Hanifin had another solid performance, so that's cause for at least a mild celebration. With no official boxscore (preseason neutral site problems), the stats from last night's game are incomplete as to goals and assists, but according to Mike Sundheim (VP Communications) the first goal originally attributed to Joakim Nordstrom was tipped in by Brody Sutter, and the Eric Staal goal was not tipped in by him and was awarded instead to Ron Hainsey.
  • The roster is still subject to change coming out of today's practice, but Jordan Staal is expected to lead a top forward line that includes Nathan Gerbe and Andrej Nestrasil, and John-Michael Liles and James Wisniewski will take the top pairing defensive slot. Several players are expected to play back-to-back including Jeff Skinner, Riley Nash, Kris Versteeg, Jay McClement, Chris Terry, and Ryan Murphy. Brody Sutter was originally projected to play today, but he took Derek Ryan's spot in the lineup last night, so Ryan is likely centering the fourth line today. Cam Ward is expected to man the net for the entire game, which will feature another 3-on-3 mandatory overtime period (for exhibition purposes only if the game is not tied at the end of regulation).
  • The Senators are 1-2-1 in their preseason schedule, losing 6-4 last night to the Sabres in Ottawa. Their 25-man roster that they are bringing to St. John's has been announced, but the final line-ups have not been reported. Several of the bigger NHL names (Erik Karlsson, Bobby Ryan, Kyle Turris, Marc Methot) are not scheduled to play. Andrew Hammond is expected to get the start in net.
  • No television broadcast again today so mute the football game and listen to Chuck Kaiton on the radio stream app.

Lineups

Hurricanes

Nathan Gerbe - Jordan Staal - Andrej Nestrasil
Kris Versteeg - Riley Nash - Jeff Skinner
Brock McGinn - Jay McClement - Chris Terry
Phil DiGiuseppe - Derek Ryan - Sergey Tolchinsky

John-Michael Liles - James Wisniewski
Jaccob Slavin - Ryan Murphy
Trevor Carrick - Brett Pesce

Cam Ward
Eddie Lack

Senators (25-player roster, lines will be updated if they become available prior to game time)

Forwards: Shane Prince, Nick Paul, Zack Smith, Eric O'Dell, Tobias Lindberg, Chris Neil, Matt Puempel, Curtis Lazar, Ryan Dzingel, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Zack Stortini, Mike Hoffman, Max McCormick, Alex Chiasson, Mike Zibanejad

Defensemen: Jared Cowen, Cody Ceci, Michael Kostka, Chris Wideman, Patrick Wiercioch, Fredrik Claesson, Thomas Chabot

Goaltenders: Matt O'Connor, Andrew Hammond