Predators Preview: Nashville at Carolina

Jonathon Blum will get another crack at preseason action tonight at Carolina.

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...

Nashville

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.

Carolina

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.

UPDATEThe 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 

Gleason – Babchuk
Harrison – Carson
Sanguinetti – Rodney
 
Pogge
Murphy

 

Prediction

Hey, I'm not going to compete with Chris' dead-on prediction for last night's game!

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