Carolina Hurricanes (3-1-1, 7 pts) at Pittsburgh Penguins (4-2-1, 9 pts)
The Hurricanes are an enigma so far this year. They have a decent record, but the three teams they beat have a combined 6 wins in 17 games (Tampa, Florida and Anaheim).
Cam Ward continues to be one of the most overrated goalies in the NHL. Yes, he won the playoff MVP in his rookie year, and yes, his stats have improved each year. He also plays a TON of minutes. Here's the bad part for Ward: in his 2 full seasons, he hasn't been in the top 30 in goals against average OR save percentage. That's not good.
The Pens seem to have the ship going in the right direction lately. They dispatched a bad Leafs team and had great goaltending from Sabu to win in Boston against a very tough Bruins squad.
The bad news for the Pens is that the Canes always seem to give them trouble. Let's hope that can change tonight.
This is the last home game for a few weeks for the Pens, who go out on the road for four games after tonight.
Let's Go Pens!