March 23, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard (58) pushes Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal (12) away from the front of the net at Nationwide Arena. Columbus won the game 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Preseason Game #1: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

The Carolina Hurricanes will play their first preseason game this season, tonight at 7 p.m. ET in Raleigh against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The game can be heard at 99.9 FM The Fan or through this link. However, no live stream has been posted. Check hurricanes.nhl.com for updates.

Hurricanes’ Lineup:

Offense

Bowman – E. Staal – Semin

Skinner – Lindholm – Gerbe

Terry – Welsh – Dalpe

Blanchard – Sutter – Westgarth

Defense

Gleason – Komisarek

Jordan – Bellemore

Harrison – Murphy

Goalies

Ward – Will start game

Peters

Blue Jackets’ Lineup:

Offense

Gaborik, Dubinsky, Foligno, Johansen, Jenner, MacKenzie, Skille, Rychel, Craig, Collins, Aleardi

Defense

Erixon, Johnson, Larkin, Nikitin, Savard, Tyutin,

Goalies

McElhinney, McKenna

Drayson Bowman will get a chance to show what he’s learned in training camp and have a chance at impressing the coaches by playing on the top line with Eric Staal and Alexander Semin.

It’s unlikely Cam Ward plays the full game, but Michael Smith reported that the 30-year-old will start four of the six preseason games.

This game is also the first of a four-game series in four nights. The Canes will also play the Sabres and Canadiens.

Last night, the Blue Jackets played two games, splitting the roster between the two contests. The first group beat the Minnesota Wild, 3-1, while the second group lost to the Buffalo Sabres by the same score.

Both groups will re-converge for the game against the Hurricanes. The Jackets are playing a skilled offense with Marian Gaborik, Nick Foligno and Boone Jenner, but not much depth. However, the defense features five defensemen that could make the starting lineup. The goalies are the backup and AHL starter.

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