Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Penguins Game Day 7 - @ Carolina Hurricanes


7:00 PM, RBC Center, Raleigh, NC

Did you guys know that the Carolina Hurricanes have a guy with the last name Staal? I wonder if he is related to Jordan? Oh, I just got word he is. Good. I wonder if we are going to hear about that tonight? Over/Under at 17.

The Penguins will return to the RBC Center for the first time since they won game four of the ECF and lifted the Prince of Wales trophy. I would know. I was there. After the softie he gave up (which you can see over at The Pensblog) I was chanting Cam Wards name along with all the other Pens fans there. It was awesome.

Now I know people think that Cam Ward is the next coming of Jesus in goal for the Carolina Hurricanes but he folded faster than a deck of cards in a hurricane. Just for shits and giggles lets look at how good Cam Ward was last post season:

Round One - Boston Bruins - Win in 7.
Games: 7
Shots faced: 242
Saves: 227
Goals Allowed: 15
Save %: .938

Round Two - NJ Devils - Win in 7
Games: 7
Shots Faced: 199
Saves: 182
Goals Allowed: 17
Save %: .915

Round Three - Pittsburgh Penguins - Loss in 4
Games: 4
Shots Faced: 138
Saves: 118
Goals Allowed: 20
Save %: .855

So as we can clearly see above I guess that Cam Ward can not be regarded as the savior of the Carolina franchise and the team does, in fact, need to score a few goals to win big games. Kinda funny to see that in three less games he gave up three more goals than he did in seven games against the Devils. Actually if the series had went seven games then I would not be surprised if the Penguins scored more goals on Cam Ward than than both the Devils AND Bruins scored on him.

The Hurricanes come into the game with a 2-3 record with their wins over Tampa Bay and Florida. Wow.

Eric Cole is out of the game tonight for the Hurricanes.

Here is what the starting lineups will probably look like from the Penguins official website.

Forwards
Kunitz-Crosby-Guerin
Dupuis-Malkin-Fedotenko
Cooke-Staal-Kennedy
Rupp-Adams-Godard

Defense
Gonchar-Orpik
Eaton-Letang
Goligoski-McKee

Netminder
Fleury

Get one more and we are perfect on the road trip.

Lets Go Pens


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