Predators Game Day Preview: Washington @ Nashville

The Nashville Predators play host to the Washington Capitals tonight at Bridgestone Arena for Nashville's third preseason game. They've lost once to the Hurricanes and then beat them last night. The Capitals are 1-0 with a win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The festivities here in Nashville start early, however, as Preds Fest kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with an open house and practice at Bridgestone Arena.

Both squads will ice fairly impressive rosters. Included for the Capitals are Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green to go along with elite prospects Michal Neuvirth and Marcus Johansson. I don't think its a stretch to say that outside of Nashville, the Caps have the top farm system in the NHL. Besides Neuvirth, Dany Sabourin will be the other goalie for Washington.

Season debuts are in order for Matthew Lombardi, Shea Weber, Steve Sullivan and Colin Wilson. After the jump, we've got the lineups for both teams...

First, for the bad guys...

 NO.  POS.  PLAYER  HT  WT  BIRTHDATE
 3   D  Tom Poti  6-3  198   03/22/1977
 4   D  John Erskine  6-4  224   06/26/1980
 15   F  Boyd Gordon  6-1  201   10/19/1983
 16   F  Eric Fehr  6-4  218   09/07/1985
 19   F  Nicklas Backstrom  6-1  210   11/23/1987
 20   F  Keith Aucoin  5-8  169   11/06/1978
 21   F  Brooks Laich  6-2  200   06/23/1983
 22   F  Mike Knuble  6-3  227   07/07/1972
 23   D  Lawrence Nycholat  5-11  189   05/07/1979
 24   F  Brian Willsie  6-1  193   03/16/1978
 26   F  Matt Hendricks  6-0  208   06/17/1981
 36   F  Francois Bouchard  6-1  197   04/26/1988
 42   F  Steve Pinizzotto  6-1  197   04/26/1984
 44   D  Brian Fahey  6-1  218   03/02/1981
 50   F  Cody Eakin  6-0  190   05/24/1991
 52   D  Mike Green  6-1  205   10/12/1985
 55   D  Jeff Schultz  6-6  232   02/25/1986
 75   D  Grant McNeill  6-2  220   05/08/1983
 83   F  Jay Beagle  6-3  210   10/16/1985
 89   D  Tyler Sloan  6-4  214   03/15/1981
 90   F  Marcus Johansson  6-0  197   10/06/1990
 NO.  GOALTENDER  HT  WT  BIRTHDATE
 30   G  Michal Neuvirth  6-1  203   03/23/1988
 35   G  Dany Sabourin  6-4  208   09/20/1980

So, no Alex Ovechkin or Alexander Semin, but Mike Green should put on a show.

And for the Preds...

 NO.  POS.  PLAYER  HT  WT  BIRTHDATE
 2   D  Aaron Johnson  6-1  208   04/30/1983
 3   RW  Wade Belak  6-5  222   07/03/1976
 5   C  Blake Geoffrion  6-1  192   02/03/1988
 6   D  Shea Weber  6-4  234   08/14/1985
 9   C  Marcel Goc  6-1  202   08/24/1983
 13   C  Nick Spaling  6-1  196   09/19/1988
 15   C  Matthew Lombardi  5-11  195   03/18/1982
 23   D  Brett Palin  6-2  203   06/23/1984
 24   RW  Matt Halischuk  5-11  185   06/01/1988
 26   RW  Steve Sullivan  5-8  161   07/06/1974
 27   RW  Patric Hornqvist  5-11  188   01/01/1987
 33   C  Colin Wilson  6-1  214   10/20/1989
 38   LW  Kelsey Wilson  6-1  214   01/22/1986
 49   D  Ryan Ellis  5-9  172   01/03/1991
 52   D  Alexander Sulzer  6-1  204   05/30/1984
 71   RW  J.P. Dumont  6-1  205   04/01/1978
 74   LW  Sergei Kostitsyn  6-0  210   03/20/1987
 77   D  Ryan Parent  6-3  198   03/17/1987
 NO.  GOALTENDER  HT  WT  BIRTHDATE
 35   Pekka Rinne  6-5  207   11/03/1982
 39   Anders Lindback  6-6  205   05/03/1988

 

Be sure to check out SB Nation's Capitals' blog Japers' Rink for the opposition's coverage of tonight's game.

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