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Sporting a lineup that any Falcons fan would have loved to have down the stretch last season, the 2012-2013 edition of the Birds take to the ice for the first time tonight when they lace 'em up in Marlborough, MA against the Providence Bruins.
With a glut of talent in camp, first year head coach Brad Larsen separated the players into A and B squads. For the three preseason games, it's expected that nobody will play in all three games, while everybody will get some ice time in a portion of the games.
One year ago, it was a whole different story. The Falcons preseason lineup had yet to receive any help from the Jackets. The other AHL clubs were also in tryout mode, taking a look to see if anybody would be able to help them out.
Tonight's lineup is expected to feature:
Forward lines of:
Matt Calvert-Nick Drazenovic-Tomas Kubalik
Dalton Smith-Michael Chaput-Wade MacLeod
Trent Vogelhuber-Nathan Moon-Jake Hansen
While D pairings look like this:
Anton Blomqvist-Austin Maidasky
Will Weber-Cody Goloubef
Greg Amadio-Theo Ruth
In net tonight, look for Curtis McElhinney and Mike Clemente.
Fans back at The Nest have games to look forward to this Friday (Worcester Sharks) and Saturday (Providence Bruins). This will be the first time to see Ryan Johansen in Springfield. Also, familiar names Cam Atkinson, John Moore and David Savard will play at home this weekend.Tickets for the preseason games are only $12.