The Canes took the first game, 5-1, at home in another great preseason showing. This time, they will send a healthy mix of veterans and rookies to the ice, and Rod Brind’Amour said before the game that a handful of guys “have a lot riding on this game” if they want a roster spot.
Martin Necas is one of those guys, and he’ll work with the AHL leader in goals scored last year, Valentin Zykov, to try to get some offensive production on the second line.
After recording two points against the Predators earlier this week, Warren Foegele will wing what will likely become two-thirds of Carolina’s top line this year in Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen.
The Canes will also send a completely veteran group at defense, led by Jaccob Slavin and Dougie Hamilton on the top line.
Petr Mrazek gets the start in net after Scott Darling — who backs Mrazek tonight — had another strong showing last time out against the Predators, shutting out the Predators until under seven minutes to play (28-for-29 in net).
Oh, and you can watch the proceedings on Hurricanes.com. Thanks, Tommy D!
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Here’s how the Canes will lineup tonight:
Warren Foegele - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
Valentin Zykov - Martin Necas - Phil Di Giuseppe
Janne Kuokkanen - Lucas Wallmark - Andrei Svechnikov
Saku Maenalanen - Greg McKegg - Patrick Brown
Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Calvin de Haan - Justin Faulk
Trevor van Riemsdyk - Brett Pesce
The Caps will have heavy experience in their lines, but seem to be giving some newer names time in the defensive pairings. Braden Holtby starts in net.