The Nashville Predators will have a quick chance to avenge last night's 3-1 loss at Bridgestone Arena, by heading to Carolina tonight for a rematch with the Hurricanes. Some familiar faces will take to the ice again for Nashville, although about half the roster will make their preseason debut.
Let's take a look after the jump...
The Preds have released the 20-man roster for tonight's game:
|POS.||NO.||PLAYER||HT||WT||SH||Place of Birth||Birthdate|
|D||2||Aaron Johnson||6-1||205||L||Port Hawkesbury, N.S.||4/30/1983|
|D||7||Jonathon Blum||6-1||193||R||Long Beach, Calif.||1/30/1989|
|D||8||Kevin Klein||6-1||201||R||Kitchener, Ont.||12/13/1984|
|RW||10||Martin Erat||6-0||201||L||Trebic, Czech Rep.||8/29/1981|
|C||11||David Legwand||6-2||205||L||Detroit, Mich.||8/17/1980|
|LW||12||Andreas Thuresson||6-1||215||R||Kristianstad, Sweden||11/18/1987|
|C||13||Nick Spaling||6-1||196||L||Palmerston, Ont.||9/19/1988|
|C||16||Cal O'Reilly||6-0||188||L||Toronto, Ont.||9/30/1986|
|D||20||Ryan Suter||6-1||195||L||Madison, Wis.||1/21/1985|
|C||21||Jamie Lundmark||6-0||190||R||Edmonton, Alta.||1/16/1981|
|RW||22||Jordin Tootoo||5-9||199||R||Churchill, Man.||2/2/1983|
|RW||24||Matt Halischuk||6-0||186||R||Toronto, Ont.||6/1/1988|
|LW||28||Jonas Andersson||6-3||210||L||Stockholm, Sweden||2/24/1981|
|RW||29||Joel Ward||6-1||225||R||Toronto, Ont.||12/2/1980|
|D||32||Teemu Laakso||6-1||215||R||Tuusula, Finland||8/27/1987|
|RW||33||Colin Wilson||6-1||217||L||Greenwich, Conn.||10/20/1989|
|RW||45||Ryan Flynn||6-3||209||R||St. Paul, Minn.||3/22/1988|
|D||51||Francis Bouillon||5-8||197||L||New York, N.Y.||10/17/1975|
|NO.||GOALTENDER||HT||WT||SH||Place of Birth||Birthdate|
|31||Mark Dekanich||6-2||190||L||North Vancouver, B.C.||5/10/1986|
|39||Anders Lindback||6-6||205||L||Gavle, Sweden||5/3/1988|
It's interesting to see how many guys we'll see playing in back-to-back games, including Mark Dekanich (who will presumably split the game 50/50 with Anders Lindback), Jonas Andersson, and Jonathon Blum.
A few veterans will make their preseason debut such as Martin Erat, Ryan Suter, David Legwand, and Joel Ward. It will be interesting to see if Kevin Klein and Francis Bouillon are paired on defense. They would be considered the incumbents to fill Nashville's 2nd D-pair, and if that's going to be the case, getting them as much game action together during the preseason would make sense.
I would also be very interested to see how Aaron Johnson performs, as he's in the thick of a battle for a final roster spot, but as of right now I don't see any audio or video available for tonight's contest.
They haven't released their roster for tonight's game yet, but I'll plug that in once I see it. The folks at Canes Country were just happy to see their squad get a preseason win. I wouldn't be surprised to see their #1 goalie Cam Ward suit up for this one.
UPDATE: The Hurricanes have posted their lineup for tonight's game, but more importantly, they'll have a live video stream available! Head to Hurricanes.NHL.com at game time for the link...
Boychuk – Sutter – Kennedy
Jokinen – Skinner – LaRose
Bowman – Nash - Kostopoulos
O’Sullivan – Matsumoto - Blanchard
Hey, I'm not going to compete with Chris' dead-on prediction for last night's game!
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