Carolina Hurricanes Gameday: Canes at Predators

The Carolina Hurricanes will begin their 2015-16 campaign, their 37th as a member of the National Hockey League since 1979, and the franchise’s 17th season in North Carolina since 1997, tonight on the road in Nashville against the Predators at Bridgestone Arena(8:00 p.m, FOX Sports Carolinas, Hurricanes Radio Network).  Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters addressed the media about what to watch for in tonight’s season opener, and the plans for the Hurricanes to take to task in their season opening match-up against Nashville.

On the Predators having the home-ice advantage at home: “The biggest challenge is they’re(Nashville) a good team and a lot of momentum in this building. They’re a team that wants to get one in this building, the next shift, the bump up shifts, very big, they usually get another one or get another good chance. So things are going to go wrong at some point tonight, when they do go wrong, let’s get regrouped right quickly and go right back to work.”

On Noah Hanifin’s “firsts” as a rookie in the NHL this season: “He’s going to get this all year. It’s gonna be his first game playing in front of his hometown fans in Boston, first time going out and playing out on the West Coast. He’s going to have a lot of firsts this season.” Peters said of Hanifin. “He’s a good kid, smart kid, very intelligent, humble. He’ll handle it fine.”

PROJECTED LINEUP:

Forward line 1: Kris Versteeg-Eric Staal-Elias Lindholm

Forward line 2: Nathan Gerbe-Jordan Staal-Riley Nash

Forward line 3: Jeff Skinner-Victor Rask-Chris Terry

Forward line 4: Joakim Nordstrom-Jay McClement-Andrej Nestrasil

DEFENSIVE PAIRS:

Defensive pair 1: Ron Hainsey-Justin Faulk

Defensive pair 2: John-Michael Liles-James Wisniewski

Defensive pair 3: Noah Hanifin(NHL debut)-Ryan Murphy

GOALTENDERS:

Cam Ward

Eddie Lack

INJURIES AND SCRATCHES:

Brad Malone(Healthy)

Michal Jordan(Healthy)