After an impressive win in front of a raucous PNC Arena crowd Monday night, the Hurricanes will look to run it back with more of the same tonight and take a 2-0 lead in the series.
A win would give Carolina its first 2-0 series lead since the second round against the Islanders in the 2019 playoffs.
The Canes will look to extend their lead with the same lineup they ended Monday’s game with. Jaccob Slavin will once again be a game-time decision as the coaches wait for him to make sure he’s good to go after warmups, but, assuming he plays, Rod Brind’Amour said this morning he doesn’t anticipate any lineup changes for tonight’s game.
Alex Nedeljkovic will once again start in net, looking to build on his 22-save performance in his playoff debut Monday. Here’s how the Hurricanes will line up for game two:
Andrei Svechnikov - Sebastian Aho Teuvo Teravainen
Nino Niederreiter - Vincent Trocheck - Martin Necas
Warren Foegele - Jordan Staal - Jesper Fast
Jordan Martinook - Steven Lorentz - Brock McGinn
Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Brady Skjei - Brett Pesce
Jake Bean - Jani Hakanpaa
Injuries: Cedric Paquette (lower body)
Extras: Antoine Bibeau, Jake Gardiner, Morgan Geekie, Joey Keane, Max Lajoie, Max McCormick, Roland McKeown, James Reimer, Joakim Ryan, Drew Shore, Ryan Suzuki
After dropping game one, the Predators will likely make a few changes to their lineup.
What won’t change, however, is their starter in net. Juuse Saros, the hero for Nashville down the stretch, will once again be between the pipes.
Here’s how the Preds project to line up as they look to even the series.
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Calle Jarnkrok - Mikael Granlund - Luke Kunin
Nick Cousins / Brad Richardson - Erik Haula - Matt Duchene
Yakov Trenin - Colton Sissons - Tanner Jeannot
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - Alexandre Carrier
Ben Harpur / Matt Benning / Erik Gudbranson / Dante Fabbro