With a big, physical game looming in a few hours, neither team pushed too hard in their morning skates today, and neither team practiced in formal line rushes.
With that in mind, here's what the lineups could -- accent on could -- look like tonight when they take the ice in Philadelphia (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).
- Danny Briere
- Wayne Simmonds
- Claude Giroux
- James van Riemsdyk
- Sean Couturier
- Matt Read
- Maxime Talbot
- Andreas Nodl
- Matt Carle
- Braydon Coburn
- Andreas Lilja
will start in goal, with Sergei Bobrovsky
There's a chance the bottom two lines could get switched for the game, with Hartnell and Schenn switching spots. Or Schenn, a natural center, could slide into the middle and either push Couturier to left wing, or if he plays on the fourth line, slide Talbot to the wing.
And now that Jody Shelley
's suspension is over, he could see his first action of the season tonight, potentially in place of Nodl, who didn't play Tuesday against Ottawa. However, the last players off the ice following practice were Shelley and defenseman Matt Walker
, an indication they might not play tonight.
- Nicklas Backstrom
- Troy Brouwer
- Marcus Johansson
- Mike Knuble
- Brooks Laich
- Joel Ward
- Mathieu Perreault
- Jeff Halpern
- John Carlson
- Mike Green
- Dennis Wideman
will start in goal, with Dany Sabourin
recalled from AHL Hershey to serve as the backup while Michal Neuvirth
continues to recover from a sore foot.
More from both locker rooms in a bit, but for now, here's me and my colleague Corey Masisak going point/counterpoint on tonight's game.
There's also a look at how both team's offseason moves are working out,
as well as a look at how these teams ended up with the two best goalies on the market
this past summer.
Contact Adam Kimelman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK