Peters back behind the bench for Hurricanes in Minnesota

Eric Staal set to play on top line for Wild in preseason matchup

Madeline Gray—North State Journal
Hurricanes coach Bill Peters talks with media following the Hurricanes prospects scrimmage at the team's annual Summerfest at PNC Arena on July 9 in Raleigh.

RALEIGH — The Carolina Hurricanes will see a familiar face centering Minnesota’s top line tonight, but when former captain Eric Staal looks across the red line he won’t see many players he shared a locker room with during his time in Raleigh.He won’t see brother Jordan Staal. He also won’t face Cam Ward, now the lone holdover from Carolina’s 2006 Stanley Cup.The majority of Hurricanes coach Bill Peters’ squad will be made of players who won’t be in Raleigh come the season opener Oct. 13. But new Wild coach Bruce Boudreau will reportedly ice an NHL-heavy lineup featuring Eric Staal centering Zach Parise and Charlie Coyle on the first line.”I’m going to roll four lines, I’m going to make sure everybody gets good ice time,” Peters, who is just returning to Raleigh after helping Canada win at the World Cup of Hockey, said of his game plan tonight. “I’m going to hopefully get everybody a minimum of 13 minutes and play against whoever they have out there. I’m not going to try and match up at all. I’m going to roll and get rhythm off the bench and evaluate our guys.”That will mean everyone should get a chance to play against Eric Staal.”It will be good just to get back up to NHL speed,” defenseman Jaccob Slavin said of playing against an experienced lineup. “And obviously playing against Eric is always fun. You’d definitely like to have him on your team. But playing against him will be fun tonight.”Slavin will pair up with Ryan Murphy, one of three right-handed defensemen battling for the No. 6 spot on Carolina’s defense who will play tonight. The other two, Matt Tennyson and Roland McKeown, will be paired with Noah Hanifin and Jake Chelios, respectively. At forward, the only regulars from last year playing are Andrej Nestrasil, Joakim Nordstrom, Jay McClement and Phil Di Giuseppe. Newcomers Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg will both play, with Bickell joining Nordstrom on a line centered by Nestrasil, and Stalberg playing on McClement’s wing with camp tryout Raffi Torres.Di Giuseppe is looking to claw his way back on to the Hurricanes’ roster, and he joins two other opening night possibilities in Derek Ryan and Brock McGinn on a line. Russians Valentin Zykov and Sergey Tolchinsky will be centered by Andrew Poturalski.”It’s real important for these young guys, it really is,” Peters said. “It’s important for the McGinns, the Tolchinskys, the Di Giuseppes. … If you’re going make our team, you gotta come out and you gotta take somebody’s job, you gotta earn a job. We’re not going to hand it over to you and give it to you. But if you earn a job then we can have a decision to make as management and coaches.” Peters said Michael Leighton will start in goal and is set to play 30-40 minutes and then be spelled by Alex Nedeljkovic.Here are Carolina’s planned lines in no particular order:Tolchinsky-Poturalski-Zykov
Di Giuseppe-Ryan-McGinn