It’s time for the penultimate (yes we love that word) game of the Carolina Hurricanes preseason. The Canes will host a rematch with the Predators tonight and then close out the preseason with Sunday’s Caniac Carnival matinee against the Washington Capitals.
Tonight’s lineup probably doesn’t match the plan for opening night as much as Rod Brind’Amour would like, due to a few nagging injuries, hopefully none serious enough to warrant significant time off the ice. Jake Gardiner is out tonight having missed practice for the second day in a row. Martin Necas missed practice today complaining of neck stiffness from a collision in yesterday’s practice. Ryan Dzingel remains day-to-day with a lower body injury suffered in Wednesday’s game. This shuffles things especially in the forward ranks, but represents another opportunity for Julien Gauthier, who has played in every preseason game and continues to push for a roster spot.
Joel Edmundson will make his Canes debut tonight, and in his post-practice comments, Brind’Amour praised Edmundson’s gritty presence as a skill set needed on the back end.
Petr Mrazek gets the start in net and is probable to go the distance.
No TV for this one but local market viewers can stream the game on their device or mobile app of choice from the Hurricanes web site. If you’re heading to the game don’t forget the new policies in place for mobile ticketing and clear bags.
Hurricanes Projected Lineup
Nino Niederreiter - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen
Andrei Svechnikov - Sebastian Aho - Brock McGinn
Warren Foegele - Erik Haula - Julien Gauthier
Brian Gibbons - Lucas Wallmark - Jordan Martinook
Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Joel Edmundson - Brett Pesce
Gustav Forsling - Haydn Fleury
Injuries and Scratches: Clark Bishop, Ryan Dzingel, Anton Forsberg, Jake Gardiner, Max McCormick, Martin Necas, Chase Priskie, Trevor van Riemsdyk
Predators Projected lineup
The Predators wrap up their preseason tonight. Wednesday’s home game against the Canes was heavy on veteran presence, and at the time they were down to 26 on their training camp roster. Today they recalled eight players from the Milwaukee Admirals, the most notable Raleigh native (!) Josh Wilkins. Presumably they’ll ice more of their youngsters and let their vets rest back at home, but as to how that manifests itself into a lineup, your guess is as good as mine. We’ll update as information becomes available. Expect Jussi Saros in net since Pekka Rinne went the distance Wednesday night.
Update 5:30 pm: Here are the players in tonight’s lineup.