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Preseason Gameday: Hurricanes at Capitals

Canes hit the road for next three preseason games

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

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The Carolina Hurricanes' next set of exhibition games will take the team on the road for three straight contests, beginning tonight in Washington, D.C.

Against the Capitals, a Metropolitan Division foe, the Hurricanes will ice a balanced mix of veterans and prospects looking to state their case to remain with the team in camp with the next round of cuts looming.

Anchoring the forwards tonight will be the top line of Teuvo Teravainen, Jordan Staal and Justin Williams.

"I want to see that line," head coach Bill Peters said. "I think it's going to be a real good line. It's got a lot of different elements to it. Hopefully there's a lot of 5-on-5 play tonight and we can get them out there."

Another intriguing forward trio is that of Aleksi Saarela, Martin Necas and Janne Kuokkanen.

"That should be a good line. A lot of offensive skill there," Peters said. "I expect that line to be dynamic tonight."

Necas, the team's 12th overall draft pick, will have played in three of the team's first four preseason games. Impressive so far in camp, he's getting an extended look and taking advantage of the opportunity to continue competing.

"I think the more versatile you are, the better chance you have breaking camp us," Peters said. "He makes plays no matter where he is on the ice."

On defense, Justin Faulk draws in to his first preseason action and will skate alongside Jaccob Slavin.

Cam Ward is expected to play the full game in net tonight, and Peters said Scott Darling will make his Canes preseason debut in Edmonton.

The puck drops at Capital One Arena at 7 p.m., and if you're a Canes fan in the CSN-DC broadcast region, you'll be able to find the game there. If not, Chuck Kaiton will have the call on, and we'll be providing rinkside updates on @CanesTracking.

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