Carolina Hurricanes (30-41-11) at Nashville Predators (49-27-12)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 8, 2015, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nashville Predators / Carolina Hurricanes --- Over/Under:
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The Hurricanes look for a big road win to kick off the season as they storm Bridgestone Arena to take on the Predators in Nashville.
The Carolina Hurricanes head into the upcoming season in the midst of a massive rebuild as they have gone from Eastern Conference contenders to doormats over the last few seasons and they continue to push towards getting back to relevance. The Canes figure to be among the game's worst again this season despite having some nice pieces in place like the Staal brothers, Jeff Skinner, and youngster Elias Lindholm but the fact remains they don't have enough to keep up with the powers of the East and the Metro as the Rangers, Islanders, Penguins, and Blue Jackets will all be in the mix. Cam Ward remains a focal point of this team as the net minder but I could very well see him part ways with the team this season and join a contender at he trade deadline and with Eddie Lack serving as the team's backup he is a suitable replacement to ake over for a team looking towards the future.
The Predators meanwhile are a perfect example of a team reloading instead of rebuilding as they were back in the playoffs last season after a brief stint on the outside. The Preds went out and added some scoring by bringing in James Neal from the Penguins and added another blue chip defenseman along side Shea Weber in Seth Jones and now with some playoff experience in their blood this Preds bunch figures to be a factor in the Western Conference this season. Flilip Forsberg had a great rookie season and will be looking to take a huge step forward and if Mike Ribeiro and Colin Wilson can chip in as secondary offensive pieces than the defense and Pekka Rinne will take care of the rest. This game I'm not a huge fan of as the line is heavily favoured towards the Preds and while it should be I just think that opening night is too tough to call and the better play here is on the under as neither team's offense jumps off the page but the Preds win games with defense and goaltending.