Thursday, October 23, 2008

Game 8-Canes @ pens

Game 8-Carolina Hurricanes @ Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Mellon Arena will be rocking tonight when the Carolina Hurricanes come to town. Lead by Captain Rod Brindamore, The Canes will try to build off a 3-1 win against the Ducks on Sunday night.

Goaltender Michael Leighton came up huge making 32 saves and getting the number 1 star of the game. Leighton will definately push Cam Ward this season, who really has amounted to nothing much since his Conn Smythe performance heading to the Stanley Cup.

The Goal Scorers For the Canes Sunday were Brindamore, Staal, and Ryan Bayda. i wonder if Eric Staal is related to Jordan Staal, they look alike, same last name, the only difference i see is Eric Staal can score goals.

Line Combo's for the Hurricanes that might be close to right are:

1ST line: Whitney/Brindamore/Cullen
2nd Line: Bayda/Staal/Samsonov
3rd Line: LaRose/Sutter/Eaves
4th Line: i didnt search this far

ex-penguin Dan Lacouture is playing somewhere for the Canes, As is Defensive Phenom Josef Melichar.

The Defensive unit is a talented, Mobile one wth the likes of Seidenburg/Gleason/Wallin/Pitkanen/Corvo/Babchuk. (i was kidding about the talented part)

Injuries for Carolina are:
Kaberle (Foot)
Ruutu (groin)
Williams (achillies)
Walker (Surgery on left hand)

The Pittsburgh Penguins are coming of an impressive win against Boston, Which in my opinion, shouldn't have won, but Sabu was huge. No word yet if we have a goalie controversy.

The Trib is reporting the USS Hal Gill will be docked tonight with an undisclosed injury.
Matt Cooke Practiced this week after missing a few games with bruised ribs, finally they tell us what was wrong with him. I'm sick of "undisclosed injuries.

The Pens Defense has been decent so far with Gonch and Whitney out of the lineup, Letang and Goligoski have filled those roles respectively, but replacing Gonchar is not any easy task, arguably the best blue liner in the league and the best PP quarterback in the league, hands down.

Since re-uniting Crosby and Malkin the 1st line has been impressive, the problem now lies in secondary scoring. Jordan Staal centering the 2nd line has amounted to mud so far, and it wouldn't hurt if Max Talbot got in the goal column a time or 2.

The Line Combos might be like this again tonight, although i always get burnt on that 4th line, it's either Thomas of Bissonette.

1st line: Malkin/Crosby/Dupuis
2nd line: Fedotenko/staal/Sykora
3rd line: Kennedy/Talbot/Satan
4th line: Thomas/Zigomanis/Godard

Penguins injuries:
Gonchar (shoulder)
Whitney (shoulder)
Gill (they won't tell us)
Cooke (ribs)



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