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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: Preview, Game Notes, Storm Advisory

The two teams face off for round two, plus links from around the NHL

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NHL: Preseason-Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes return home for their first preseason game at PNC Arena after beating the Lightning 4-1 last night. The two teams will face off again for the second time in as many days. The Hurricanes went with a younger line-up and it paid off. Star rookie Andrei Svechnikov pocketed a goal and an assist and had a strong presence on the ice.

A key focus point was Lucas Wallmark in the preseason opener. Wallmark has a unique opportunity to step in and solidify his NHL career with the season-threatening injury of Victor Rask. He impressed last night, registering a goal and an assist.

A point of focus for the Hurricanes should be cutting down penalties in game two. The Canes committed five penalties and allowed a power play goal. Scott Darling will likely get a chance in net tonight. Petr Mrazek and Alex Nedeljkovic shared the net last night, making nine and eight saves, respectively.

Here’s the lineup for this evening:


Reading Assignments

  • Don’t forget to bring your donations for Hurricane Florence recovery to the game tonight. [Canes Country]
  • I mean I know it’s the preseason but Dan Girardi looks in midseason form on this play:
  • I love you so much:
  • It’s up to The Great One to spread the game of hockey in China. [New York Times]
  • According to StubHub data, Vegas is outselling the Leafs. [ESPN]
  • Vegas, by the way, became the first NHL team to partner with a sportsbook. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Speaking of the Leafs, new Leaf John Tavares scored in his first preseason game with his new team:
  • Training camp and the preseason may be a time for players to refine their game but they’re not the only one that needs a refresher. [USA Today]