So far so good for the Carolina Hurricanes in preseason action. The club enters their fifth exhibition game with a 3-1-0 record and they’ll look to avoid their second loss as they take on the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night.
Bill Peters confirmed that Scott Darling will start tonight and the plan is for him to play the entire game.
Martin Necas will get another game in the lineup as well. He will center Aleksi Saarela and Janne Kuokkanen. That will be a trio with a lot to prove as they are all still competing for NHL roster spots.
The rest of the lineup looks like a potential preview for opening night outside of the absence of the Derek Ryan line and guys like Jake Bean and Lucas Wallmark getting games to strengthen their shot at making the team out of camp.
Here’s how the Canes will line up:
Teuvo Teravainen - Jordan Staal - Justin Williams
Sebastian Aho - Victor Rask - Elias Lindholm
Aleksi Saarela - Martin Necas - Janne Kuokkanen
Joakim Nordstrom - Lucas Wallmark - Josh Jooris
Jaccob Slavin - Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin - Brett Pesce
Jake Bean - Trevor van Riemsdyk
The Oilers, looking to extend their undefeated preseason, will also ice a nearly opening night ready lineup, one which features 2017 first-round draft pick Kailer Yamamoto.
Former Hurricane Jussi Jokinen, who signed a one-year deal in Edmonton over the offseason, will play the left side of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Here’s how the Oilers will lineup tonight:
Patrick Maroon - Connor McDavid - Jesse Puljujarvi
Milan Lucic - Leon Draisaitl - Drake Caggiula
Jussi Jokinen - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Ryan Strome
Jujhar Khaira - Mark Letestu - Kailer Yamamoto
Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Kris Russell - Matt Benning
Dillon Simpson - Mark Fayne
The Oilers are sharing their video stream of tonight’s game with fans in the Canes local viewing area, so tune in to watch via the team website.