The Carolina Hurricanes face off against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals in Raleigh after starting the preseason 2-0 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Roster decisions will come soon, so for some players it’s their last chance to force Rod Brind’Amour to make a tough choice.
In game two, Brind’Amour played more Hurricanes stars than in game one and fans were able to get a glimpse of summer acquisition Dougie Hamilton, who scored his first “unofficial” goal as a Hurricane. The team scored 10 goals over the first two games so it remains to be seen if the Canes can keep the goal scoring going after many critics had it listed as a weakness of the current roster. However, its fair to pump the brakes a bit on the current Hurricanes hype train as it’s just two preseason games.
Here’s the line-up the Hurricanes are rolling with tonight. Warren Foegele will fill the spot on the third line, with Janne Kuokkanen getting the night off:
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Here’s who is suiting up for the Capitals tonight:
What To Watch For:
- Goaltending battle: each goalie has performed well so far. If Mrazek and Darling are playing strong into the regular season, only positive results can come for the canes.
- Goal scoring: The Hurricanes are currently scoring at a five goals per game pace. Expect that to come down soon.
- Special teams: Too many penalties in game one led to even more in game two. The Hurricanes need to tone down on the minor penalties and not turn them into bad habits.