Friday, February 25, 2011

Penguins Game Day 63 - @ Carolina Hurricanes

 Carolina Hurricanes

7:00 p.m., RBC Center, Raleigh, NC

Welcome back Alexei Kovalev. Sure, it has been a while since you have been riding with the big boys in a winning program but we are happy to have you back here in Pittsburgh. Score a few goals and you will be treated like a king. I know you already picked the number 72, but if you could switch it to 27 or 47 that would make a lot of people happy.

Dustin Jeffery is back in action. Mark Letestu is rumored to be back so also as he was doing some skating with the fourth line according to Seth and Dave Molinari.

Disco was on the the mic today and said that AK72 will be going with Staal and Neal tonight against the Hurricanes. That should be pretty interesting to watch. AK is also going to be the ponit on the power play since the Penguins are only going to employ one defenseman on the power play. The main power play unit tonight will consist of AK72, Staal, Neal, Letang and Kennedy.

Brian Strait was called up and will take the place of Brooks Orpik. Letang and Big Z will be paired up together tonight. From what I saw yesterday Tang and Z were supposed to be paired together but they will go with Lovejoy with Tanger and Z with Niskanen. No idea. Paul Martin should be back soon from what is buzzing.

If you missed it last night I had a great convo with Joe Depto of The Fourth Period mag. Take a listen to it here for some good Pens stuff.

Previous matchups:
October 30 - Pittsburgh 3, Carolina 0


November 19 - Pittsburgh 5, Carolina 4 (SO)


January 2 - Pittsburgh 3, Carolina 2



The Penguins probables:

Forwards
James Neal - Jordan Staal - Alex Kovalev
Matt Cooke - Maxime Talbot - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Dustin Jeffrey - Pascal Dupuis
Chris Conner - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Defense
Ben Lovejoy - Kris Letang
Zbynek Michalek - Matt Niskanen
Brian Strait - Derek Engelland

Goaltender
Marc-Andre Fleury


For the Hurricanes:

Forwards
Cory Stillman - Eric Staal - Erik Cole
Jeff Skinner - Tuomo Ruutu - Chad LaRose
Jussi Jokinen - Brandon Sutter - Jiri Tlusty
Sergei Samsonov - Patrick Dwyer - Troy Bodie

Defense
Joni Pitkanen - Joe Corvo
Tim Gleason - Andrew McBain
Derek Joslin - Jay Harrison

Goaltender
Cam Ward




The Stats:

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