Blake Austin and Josh Hodgson will be fit to play for the Raiders, but can they shake off injury and inspire Canberra to knock out the in-form Panthers?
The Penrith Panthers were at their attacking best on Sunday afternoon, ending the Canterbury Bulldogs' season with a 28-12 win at Allianz Stadium.
Melbourne have secured a home preliminary final, getting the better of a determined North Queensland side at AAMI Park on Saturday night.
The Sharks have booked a preliminary final berth after James Maloney kicked a late penalty goal to hand his side victory over the Raiders at GIO Stadium.
The Gold Coast Titans' impressive 2016 campaign has come to an end at the hands of the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
The opening weekend of the finals wraps up with the only all-Sydney clash of the weekend as the in-form Panthers host the always-dangerous Bulldogs.
12 months ago North Queensland knocked the Storm out of the finals and then went on to win the premiership and the rematch shapes as an epic blockbuster.
The Sharks came within a win of the minor premiership but instead will start as underdogs against the red-hot Raiders in Canberra on Saturday.
Predicted at the start of the year to finish at opposite ends of the ladder, the Broncos and Titans meet in a sudden-death final for the first time this Friday.
The Penrith Panthers thumped the Manly Sea Eagles 36-6 on the back of a superb first-half performance at Pepper Stadium on Sunday night.