Checkers all stars in Raleigh (Photo: KP Kelly)

Preds and Canes: Polite Preseason


Friday’s preseason game against the Nashville Predators was like seeing Indiana Jones for the tenth time. It is still enjoyable but predictably dull. Alexei Ponikarovsky scored in the first 31 seconds of the game and again 17 seconds into the third. Perhaps it is the only time a man is commended for his quick draw. Although, Canes ended up falling to Nashville 3-2.

Cam Ward played for 40 minutes before Justin Peters took over the crease. I was disappointed Pekka Rinne didn’t make an appearance at the other end. Instead Smith and. Lindback were the netminders for the first Canes home game. Legwand scored in the second while Hillen and Mueller got one past Peters in the third for the Predators.

All and all it was a fluff game. Although, it was nice to see Nash, Faulk, Sutter, Boychuk, Drayson and Ryan Murphy in for Carolina. Canes’ stars Staal, Skinner, Gleason, and the Finns played a good amount of ice time. Despite the lackadaisical contest, Brent left with a few stitches and Ruutu went out with a lower body injury.

Cardiac Cane will bring you more news tomorrow from Saturday morning practice. Tune into Twitter for updates.

Tags: Brett Sutter Carolina Hurricanes Charlotte Checkers Drayson Bowman Eric Staal Jeff Skinner Riley Nash Ryan Murphy Tim Gleason Zach Boychuk

  • Esbee92

    I also thought the crowd gave Poni a really warm welcome and his play stood out tonight. People seemed genuinely glad to see him on the ice. Good start with the Caniac faithful.

  • Esbee92

    I also thought the crowd gave Poni a really warm welcome and his play stood out tonight. People seemed genuinely glad to see him on the ice. Good start with the Caniac faithful.

  • ChasingCheckers

    I’m biased, but I LOVED seeing our “Checkers” out there. They put on a great show. Brett Sutter was incredible. So many of those young guys have what it takes to play in Raleigh!

    Disappointed there were so few people in attendance, but if the NHL is gonna charge FULL price to an exhibition game, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised not many will buy tickets. Hoping for an incredible fan showing in Charlotte tomorrow!

  • ChasingCheckers

    I’m biased, but I LOVED seeing our “Checkers” out there. They put on a great show. Brett Sutter was incredible. So many of those young guys have what it takes to play in Raleigh!

    Disappointed there were so few people in attendance, but if the NHL is gonna charge FULL price to an exhibition game, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised not many will buy tickets. Hoping for an incredible fan showing in Charlotte tomorrow!