Though the last time they were here I did see them, and it was in fact May 26th, game 4 of the ECF. What a glorious night that was to share with Pens fans from far and wide watching our boys sweep the Canes in the RBC and claim the Prince of Wales trophy for the second year in a row. Here's a link to some of my pics.
But that was last year.
Staal Wars happens for the second time this year, this time battle of the offense. Jordan is up so far in points 4 to Eric's 2. According to Kulka's Korner however Eric didn't practice yesterday but is expected to play.
Maurice is quoted saying, "We just want to make sure feels 100 percent. He plays so much for us. He was a little tight in practice yesterday, so we figure another day and he'll be ready to go. We expect him to play tomorrow."The lines don't look any different than they usually do. Though my guess is we'll see a combination of Malkin and Staal again. Clearly that combo is making a statement.
Kunitz - Crosby - Guerin
Dupuis - Malkin - Fedetenko
Cooke - Staal - Kennedy
Rupp - Adams - Godard
Orpik - Gonchar
Eaton - Letang
McKee - Goligoski
FleuryI anticipate a strong effort from the Canes tonight. They want to show their hometown fans they've made improvements upon last years team and they can compete. Though their record is 2-3 they did show they have some fire power offensively scoring 7 goals against the Lightning the other night. That done without Eric Cole getting on the score sheet. The Pens will need to do just what they did last year and be ready to defend against a strong forecheck. The careless turnover's from the last few games won't fly against this Canes team. Conversely I think we're going to see a big night from Geno. He clearly benefits from the Canes fierce fore/backcheck since it opens up the neutral zone quite a bit.