The Carolina Hurricanes look to finish off an undefeated preseason slate when they take on the Nashville Predators today at PNC Arena. As both teams conclude the preseason slate today, they each will ice rosters that would appear to represent their initial roster for the regular season, which will begin for Carolina on October 4th at home against the New York Islanders.
While the all-around play from the Canes has certainly been a welcome sight, perhaps the biggest development has been the play of Warren Foegele. With seven points (one goal, six assists), and while playing on a highly productive line with Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho, Foegele earned a roster spot with a fantastic camp that the Canes hope are a sign of things to come on the offensive end. One other notable bright spot has been the preseason rebound of netminder Scott Darling. His .978 save percentage is the NHL’s best in preseason action to date, and he has stopped 44 of the 45 pucks sent his way. While preseason numbers come with the usual caveats, the Canes certainly hope these performances are a sign of things to come in the regular year.
With no morning skate with the matinee start, here is the anticipated line combos for Carolina:
Warren Foegele - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
Brock McGinn - Jordan Staal - Justin Williams
Valentin Zykov - Martin Necas - Phil Di Giuseppe
Micheal Ferland - Lucas Wallmark - Andrei Svechnikov
Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Calvin de Haan - Justin Faulk
Trevor van Riemsdyk - Brett Pesce
Again, with no morning skate, here is a projected lineup for the Predators:
Kevin Fiala - Kyle Turris - Craig Smith
Colton Sissons - Nick Bonino - Austin Watson
Scott Hartnell - Calle Jarnkrok - Ryan Hartman
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin / Alexei Emelin - Yannick Weber
What to Watch For:
- Let’s see if Scott Darling can continue the solid progress he has appeared to make in the preseason to date. If he is comfortable and back to the type of player he was while in Chicago, the Canes will be in a much better position to contend with goaltending that is at least around league average.
- A big crowd is anticipated as this game is free admission as part of the Hurricanes “Caniac Carnival” in celebration of the upcoming season. The doors to the box office are open now, and the arena opens at noon for season ticket members and 12:15 for the public. More details on the Carnival are available at Hurricanes.com. Enjoy!