Canes - Pens Match up

20.1.09 Posted by BeB
Carolina Hurricanes (22-20-5-49) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (23-20-4-50)

The Penguin's will host the Hurricanes at Mellon Arena Tuesday night for the final game before the All Star break. Pen's forward Pascal Dupuis tried to get some time in before the break, but he is not feeling 100% yet. He's only had one practice since the injury seven games ago and feels it would be best for the team and his health to sit out tonight. Max Talbot and Sergei Gonchar were spotted at the Tuesday morning practice, most likely in anticipation of a big return after the eight day break. Brooks Orpik will also be absent for his second straight contest after suffering an injury during the Anaheim game.

The defense has returned to their brutally effective form since Gonchar began skating during practice. I have a feeling that was a huge confidence boost for the younger guys and a wake up call for our older players (anyone over 30). I was hoping to see recently acquired goaltender Mathieu Garon get some action before the All Star break but after Fleury's performance on Sunday, he deserves a tenth consecutive start.
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