Miller To Make Preseason Debut; McIlrath Likely Headed Back to Hartford

Pat Leonard of the Daily News (via Steve Zipay at Newsday) reports these lines for tonight's game in Edmonton…

Pouliot-Brassard-Zuccarello
Kreider-Miller-Asham
Hrivik-Lindberg-Kristo
Haley-Moore-Dorsett

McDonagh-Girardi
Staal-Allen
Johnson-Hughes

Martin Biron is expected to play the entire game.

….this is a huge game for Miller. If he impresses, I think AV has him in the line-up the final two preseason games as well to see what's he got in the kid. If he falters, AV may not want to take away ice time from guys he thinks has a legit chance of making the opening night roster.

…i'd also finally like to see some offense from Kreider. Maybe getting him away from Richards will help. Although seeing him matched up on a line with Asham doesn't have me holding my breath.

…the line I'm easily the most excited to watch is Hrivik-Lindberg-Kristo. Three young, talented prospects competing for a spot on the opening night roster. Should be fun.

Meanwhile, Leonard says the absence of Michael Kantor, Andrew Yogan, Dylan McIlrath and Danny Svret in the yesterday and today's preseason games likely means they'll be headed to Hartford shortly.

…the only guy I'm surprised didn't get a chance on the trip out west is Yogan. I thought he's a had a solid camp up until this point and was in the mix for a roster spot. But, I guess at some point AV has to start cutting the roster down.

…while I'm not shocked that McIlrath didn't get another chance, I am disappointed that he won't be able to prove himself after a disastrous game in Philly. The additional experience against NHL talent could have assisted in his development as well.

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