Today’s game 3 of the preseason will not be broadcast locally, so those wishing to track the game will be forced to radio unless some kind of video stream emerges from the depths of the internet.

The game features a lineup pretty similar to Tuesday’s road lineup but with a couple NHLers and potential NHLers sprinkled in.


‘What I’m (not) watching’ for the Carolina Hurricanes versus the Washington Capitals

1) Julien Gauthier rising

After Wednesday’s game, I said on Twitter:

Gauthier will play in his third consecutive preseason. Subtle but meaningful in the expected lineup is that Gauthier will play on an NHL line with Lucas Wallmark and Brock McGinn, whereas Martin Necas will play on more of a tryout line with Morgan Geekie and Janne Kuokkanen. This is not a slight to Geekie and Kuokkanen who have both played well, nor does it mean that Necas is out of the picture based solely on two preseason games. But it is very clear that Gauthier has caught the coaching staff’s attention and deservedly so.

The key for Gauthier is not to pause or be happy about his progress but rather to keep pushing every shift.


2) Sorting out the D

The blue line features Jake Gardiner and then four or possibly even five players who currently live at the fringe of the AHL/NHL cut line. Gustav Forsling plays with Gardiner; Jake Bean pairs with newcomer Fredrik Claesson; Haydn Fleury partners with Roland McKeown.

The game basically features a chance for Rod Brind’Amour and his coaching staff to see all of the defensemen battling for the last roster spot or two and first call up in a single game. How they fare in this game will have a say in making the blue line depth chart.


3) Martin Necas

With Gauthier rising, this game takes on a bit more importance for Martin Necas. He was not horrible in his preseason debut on Wednesday, but he was not great. And he still has a bit of floating and wandering to his game without the puck. As I noted after Wednesday’s game, both Necas and Gauthier are waiver exempt. So while this is not a one or the other choice, each player does to some degree impact the others’ NHL versus AHL whereabouts come early October.


4) Brock McGinn!

I really hope that despite it being a preseason game that Brock McGinn garners the boos that he so tremendously earned by scoring the overtime game-winner in Washington, D.C last April.


The puck drops at 7pm on


Go Canes!

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