Saturday, October 14, 2006

Game #4 - vs Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes (1-3-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1-0)

The Hurricanes are coming off of their first win of the season last night in Atlanta. They won on a last second tip-in, similar to how the Penguins won on Thursday night. The Canes jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period, and Atlanta came back to tie the score with 5 minutes remaining in the third, before the tip-in to give the win to the Canes.

To say that things have not gone very well this season for the Hurricanes would be an understatement. They've frequently been out-hit and out-shot. Their power play is only 3-34 so far. Cam Ward hasn't played very well so far either. The Canes have allowed more than 30 shots in every game. About the only thing they have going for them right now is the penalty kill is pretty decent, stopping 25 of 29 opportunities.

The Penguins need to come out and jump all over the Canes if they can. They might not be able to control the scoreboard, but they can certainly have more energy. They can hit more and work harder than the Canes. They can get more shots on goal - since the Canes have allowed at least 30 per game, and the Pens have yet to crack 22, something has to give.

Other interesting match ups tonight include:
  • Mark Recchi playing against the team he just won the Stanley Cup with.
  • Jordan Staal playing his first game in the NHL against his brother Eric.
If the Pens are going to really make some noise this year, this is a game that they need. It's at home, against a good team that is struggling.

Let's Go Pens!

1 comment:

James E. Carlisle said...

It was a good game. Sorry your Pens had to go down at the hands of my 'Canes. And what's the deal w/'Canes players getting serioulsy injured everytime they play in Mellon? (Referring of course to Letowski getting knocked out cold). The Pens look like they're starting off alot better this year than they did last year. Best of luck (but naturally I'm biased enough to say the 'Canes will repeat!) :)