Saturday, February 02, 2008

Game #52 - vs Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes (26-24-4, 56 pts) at Pittsburgh Penguins (28-19-4, 60 pts)

Ward has never had a save % over .900 for a season

Staal hasn't been a minus player since the Winter Classic

The Canes are hot. They've won four of their past five games, after losing four straight. The main reason they're winning in Cam Ward, who has allowed two goals or fewer in all four wins. Cam has been tough on the Pens since the beginning of last season, allowing just two goals per game. The Canes are 4-1-1 in their past 6 against the Pens.

The Pens are still trying to find their way without Sid. They're 2-2-1 since he went out, and I'd expect more of the same. Army and Hall both may play tonight, but Beech won't. Therrien says he wants to give Beech the best chance to succeed.

This is a big game for the Pens. They're playing a team that has given them trouble recently, so it's a chance to get the monkey off of their back. It's also important to get some quality wins while Sid is out.

Let's Go Pens!

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