After dressing pretty nearly the NHL lineup for last Friday’s preseason home tilt against the Washington Capitals, the lineup for Tuesday in Nashville looks very much like the AHLish squad that kicked off preseason with a win in Tampa.
The game represents a last chance for many players to make an impression before shuttling off to Charlotte on Wednesday and also an opportunity for surging players like Warren Foegele, Janne Kuokkanen and Lucas Wallmark to further their claim to an NHL roster spot.
‘What I’m watching’ for the Carolina Hurricanes versus the Nashville Predators
1) Continuation from Warren Foegele, Janne Kuokkanen and Lucas Wallmark
With a lineup that is only about half NHLers, I will be curious to see who these three players play with. Most significant in light of my article on lurking problems at the center position is how Brind’Amour looks to deploy Lucas Wallmark. But regardless of who plays with whom, I will be watching closely to see if all three of these players can continue their strong play.
2) Possibly a great measuring stick game for Jake Bean
If Jake Bean pairs with Brett Pesce or Trevor van Riemsdyk, this game represents a great measuring stick game for Jake Bean. Nashville should ice a good amount of their NHL roster playing at home, so seeing how Jake Bean looks against strong competition but with a strong stay-home defenseman as a partner will give a decent read of just how close he is to NHL-ready.
3) Last chance to make an impression
For many players, this game will represent the last chance to make an impression in preseason action. Even if they are not competing for a roster spot on opening night, the game is still a significant one more players like Julien Gauthier, Saku Maenalanen and others to make a strong impression.
The puck drops at 8pm and I believe should be available via stream on the team website.