Canes @ Lightning
Posted 10 March 2012 - 02:59 AM
Good news is that Tuomo Ruutu is expected to be back on the ice for one or both of these games. That would be a huge improvement over the revolving door wing spot on the first line with Staal (which has seen Boychuk, Bowman, Samson, Stewart and Larose since Ruutu went down). Giving Staal his familiar winger, and a much more consistent one at that, will help down the stretch of this playoff push.
OR, maybe Muller will reinstate the Skins and Fins line (Skinner, Ruutu and Jokinen) and keep Larose with Staal and Tlusty... considering Larose has been dynamite since his return from injury. That's an interesting idea... I might actually prefer. What do you guys think?
Carolina is tied for the 13th spot in the East, ten points out of 3rd (division lead) and eight points out of 8th in the conference (Washington). Tampa is 4 points ahead of Carolina and in 11th place.
Here are a couple interesting news articles: Erik Cole fined $2,500 for slew footing Oilers' Jeff Petry.
Mike Green suspended 3 games for head-hunting Brett Connolly (dirty hit).
Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:02 PM
Canes are playing there best hockey of the year...even if they dont make the playoffs i hope it rolls over to next year.....
Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:03 PM
Skinner tallied two great goals and the game winner... too bad he didn't get the empty netter to seal a hat trick. I'm surprised he doesn't have one yet.
John Forslund said Staal played sick, on ESPN radio. He had a pretty good game.
Sutter and the third line did a fantastic job with St. Louis and Stamkos.
Good game, great win... on to Sunrise!
By the way Sapper, I love the Tobias quote... The world's first analrapist.