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Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning: Preseason Preview, Game Notes, Discussion

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The Hurricanes take on old friend Curtis McElhinney and the Lightning tonight in Tampa Bay in the first game of the preseason.

Jamie Kellner

And just like that, hockey is back. After a shorter summer than usual, the Hurricanes are back in action tonight as they kick off a six game preseason schedule.

Last season, the Hurricanes went 5-0-1 in the preseason, including a home-and-home sweep against the Lightning. They’ll try to match that record this year, beginning tonight.

Here’s how the Hurricanes will line up tonight against the defending Presidents’ Trophy champions:

Jordan Martinook - Lucas Wallmark - Brock McGinn
Jacob Pritchard - Morgan Geekie - Colin Markison
Janne Kuokkanen - Eetu Luostarinen - Julien Gauthier
Max McCormick - Ryan Suzuki - Brian Gibbons

Haydn Fleury - Roland McKeown
Jake Bean - Brett Pesce
Jesper Sellgren - Kyle Wood

James Reimer
Anton Forsberg

This lineup is stacked with NHL potential and features a few of Carolina’s top prospects at both the forward and defensive positions.

And here’s how the Bolts will line up tonight. Check out who’s expected to start in net!