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Preseason Gameday: Hurricanes at Lightning

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

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The Carolina Hurricanes' preseason schedule continues tonight, as the team travels to Tampa Bay to face off with the Lightning.

On Monday night, the Hurricanes opened their exhibition schedule with a 2-1 overtime win over the Washington Capitals. Patrick Brown put the Hurricanes on top 1-0 late in the first period, and Justin Faulk netted the game-deciding goal on the power play with eight seconds remaining in overtime. Eddie Lack pitched a 16-save shutout through two periods, and Alex Nedeljkovic stopped nine of 10 shots and snagged the win.

With 50-plus players still in camp, tonight's lineup will be completely different from the group of 20 that was iced on Monday night in Washington.

"Guys are going to get opportunities," Canes assistant coach Steve Smith said on Monday. "Guys are going to make mistakes, and we're going to find out which guys can handle pressure situations. We're going to find out guys who can think the game, play with some pace and keep up to some pace."

Elias Lindholm will center Jeff Skinner and Lee Stempniak. Though he was drafted as a center, Lindholm has played the wing for much of his career, and the Hurricanes are eager to see if the 21-year-old is ready to take that next step. An all-Euro line of Janne Kuokkanen, Lucas Wallmark and Erik Karlsson rounds out the Canes' forward groupings.

On defense, Ryan Murphy will get a look with Noah Hanifin, while first-round draft pick Jake Bean will skate alongside free agent acquisition Matt Tennyson.  

Goalies Cam Ward and Daniel Altshuller will dress, and if last night was any indication, they could split duties in net tonight.

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