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EDMONTON - The Carolina Hurricanes will look to remain perfect on the road in the preseason when they visit the Edmonton Oilers tonight at Rogers Place.
Scott Darling will make his long-awaited Hurricanes debut in net, and head coach Bill Peters said he plans on giving the team's new goaltender the full 60 minutes.
In front of Darling will be a rather experienced lineup. Teuvo Teravainen, Jordan Staal and Justin Williams will again anchor the team's offense. Williams has played in two preseason games and has scored a power-play goal in each.
"This is the perfect opportunity to get some vets some work and some young guys who are fighting for spots playing against NHL players," Peters said. "I think it's a great scenario for both teams."
Martin Necas will play in his fourth preseason game tonight, as he centers Aleksi Saarela and Janne Kuokkanen in what has potential to be a dynamic trio.
"He has unbelievable speed and great hockey sense. It's been a lot of fun," Noah Hanifin said of Necas. "He's a great player and a great kid."
Five out of the six defensemen dressing tonight are expected to be in the Canes' Opening Night lineup. Tonight, it's Jake Bean getting a look alongside Trevor van Riemsdyk on the team's third pair.
"I think our team identity is speed, moving the puck quick and being tight in the D-zone, all the fundamentals we've had over the past few years," Hanifin said. "With some of the additions we have, with guys like Justin Williams who brings a different presence to the locker room, I think it's going to help us a lot."
The Hurricanes' camp roster is now down to 33 players after another round of cuts on Sunday. After tonight's contest, just two preseason games remain on the schedule, perhaps a final chance for some of these young prospects to state their case to be featured on the team's roster come next week.
"I think it's been great so far. We've come a long way since the first day of camp," Hanifin said. "The numbers are down a little bit, so I think it's going to be a little more detailed going forward in the last week of camp. It's been good, and we've made a lot of progress. I think we have a really good team here."
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