Shrapnel - Preseason Game 1 Edition

We kinda whiffed on a proper game preview for tonight's exhibition, so here's a little apertif to tide you over until hockey.

Our sincere apologies for not really getting our usual game day coverage off the ground. It's pre-season for us, too.

What we have instead is a nice little throwback, giving you some quick news hits and updating you on the team as they get ready for tonight.

The biggest news going into tonight's exhibition match is that Matt Calvert will miss tonight's game due to a sore groin. The team wasn't specific on how long he'll be out, but since the article mentions him possibly returning later in the week, I'd expect he'll also miss Tuesday's split-squad games and the trip down to Carolina, too.

Dalton Smith will go into the lineup, and Broc Little will be getting a chance to skate with Marian Gaborik and Artem Anisimov, just like he did in the scrimmage on Saturday. For what it's worth, I thought Little did a good job of helping to create room for his more experienced linemates to work. Should be interesting to see how things go.

You can also check the team's preview coverage for full lineups for tonight's game, Puck Rakers has some pregame comments from players and coaches, and the folks at Pensburgh will probably have a game thread as well.

In other news, the NHL has decided not to allow video review on high-sticking calls and appear to be cracking down on uniform regulations.

Speaking of yesterday's scrimmage, check out the great photos by DerDrache (AKA the Beard Guy, AKA the CBJBeard, AKA Johnny "Two snaps" McGee) over at The Union Blue.

Last but certainly not least, some contrasting views on the Jared Boll extension from Dark Blue Jacket and tUB's Jeff Little.

That's it for us until gametime. Hope to see you down at the arena! For those who can't make it, there will be coverage on NHL Network and 1460 The Fan. (AM band only - I'd assume the FM 97.1 will still be on NFL coverage.)

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