Hurricanes vs Penguins (10.22.03)

Koltsov71
10-20-2003, 10:39 AM
Carolina Hurricanes
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Pittsburgh Penguins
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Place: Mellon Arena
Time: 7:38 PM

Team Records:

Carolina: 0-2-2-0, 2 points
Pittsburgh: 1-2-1-0, 3 points

Team Leaders:

Carolina:
Goals: Erik Cole (2)
Assists: Erik Cole, Rod Brind'Amour, Sean Hill (2)
Points: Erik Cole (4)
Plus/Minus: Bret Hedican (+3)
Penalty Minutes: Craig Adams (11)
Shots on goal: Radim Vrbata (15)
Average time on ice: Danny Markov (26:09)
Wins: Kevin Weekes, Jamie Storr (0)
Save Percentage: Kevin Weekes (91.6%)
Goals Against Average: Kevin Weekes (1.94)

Pittsburgh:
Goals: Rico Fata and Aleksey Morozov (2)
Assists: Mario Lemieux (3)
Points: Rico Fata (4)
Plus/Minus: Josef Melichar, Ryan Malone, Konstantin Koltsov (+1)
Penalty Minutes: Brooks Orpik (32)
Shots on goal: Konstantin Koltsov (10)
Average time on ice: Mario Lemieux (23:27)
Wins: Marc-Andre Fleury (1)
Save Percentage: Marc-Andre Fleury (93.9%)
Goals Against Average: Marc-Andre Fleury (2.52)

On the Hurricanes: They have played pretty well in all four of their games, they are simply not getting results. Guys are getting the opportunities, but the puck is not going in the net. Goaltender Kevin Weekes has picked up where he left of last season and has played stellar. He has given them a chance to win in each game. The defense was shaky at first, but seems to be coming together as a unit. Danny Markov is leading the way, and is really playing quite well. The forwards have been the weakness. The line of Vasicek-Brind'Amour-Cole was dominant in the first three games. Played very well as a line and was responsible for what little scoring the team produced. Francis and O'Neill have yet to show up in the box score. Same with young sniper Radim Vrbata and the electric Eric Staal. The lines for Carolina's last game were completely changed around. Francis and O'Neill were split up, the VBC line was split up, and Staal was playing with enforcers Jesse Boulerice and Joey Tetarenko. I think the lines will change again for the game in Pittsburgh. Hopefully back to where they were at in the first three. We'll probably see Jaroslav Svoboda back in the lineup, at the expense of either Boulerice or Tetarenko. All in all, the effort is there for the Hurricanes. It's only a matter of time until they pick it up.

As for the Penguins... Dan Focht is undergoing tests to see if he shows any symptoms of a concussion. That hit from behind was pretty nasty. As someone said in another thread, it was a bit scary to see Focht lying there out cold. I think Abid has earned his spot on the team for the time being. But I can't say the same for Milan Kraft. Has it been stated who will start for the Penguins? Who would you guys like to see in net? I think the lines have been playing pretty well. I'd like to see them stay as they are for now.

Alex Kovalev
10-20-2003, 11:10 AM
Nice work on these game threads Koltsov47.

Robert Paulson*
10-20-2003, 12:26 PM
Nice work on these game threads Koltsov47.

Yeah, I must say, you put these up quickly. :)

tom_servo
10-20-2003, 12:35 PM
I would bet that Fleury starts this one.

Koltsov71
10-20-2003, 12:46 PM
I would bet that Fleury starts this one.

Agreed.

JDB3939
10-20-2003, 12:54 PM
I would bet that Fleury starts this one.

Didn't Eddie O say that if the goalie got the team points he started the next game?

Don'tcry4mejanhrdina
10-20-2003, 01:24 PM
Has the NHL recognised that Lemieux got an assist on Straka's goal? It would suck if they didn't and then Lemieux lost the Art Ross by one point.

Koltsov71
10-20-2003, 01:25 PM
Has the NHL recognised that Lemieux got an assist on Straka's goal? It would suck if they didn't and then Lemieux lost the Art Ross by one point.

Yes, Lemieux did end up getting that assist.

Don'tcry4mejanhrdina
10-20-2003, 01:31 PM
Lets hope the pens can win this game. This is a must win. They have to win against some of the better teams (Detroit), but they need to win a lot against weaker teams (Carolina). It should be a good game. Hopefully Pittsburgh comes out flying.

AEKaki
10-20-2003, 02:39 PM
my prediction:
Pittsburgh wins 4-1
Koltsov scoring 2 goals. Lemieux and Fata adding the 2 others.

Koltsov71
10-20-2003, 03:01 PM
I say Hurricanes win 4-2.

GoPenguins
10-20-2003, 03:09 PM
It should be an interesting game - am hoping for another entertaining game - something like 4-3 Pens.

Hurricanes scorers: Vrbata (2), O'Neill
Pens scorers: Abid, Lemieux (2), Orpik :) (Did anyone else notice he got PP time vs. Detroit?)

DJ Spinoza
10-20-2003, 04:07 PM
Fleury's first of many shutouts in his career. 3-0 Pens.

Malone (Power Play)
Melichar
Morozov

Fata with 2 assists.

Wingboy2999
10-20-2003, 05:03 PM
3-2 Pens

Lemieux
Kolstov
Morozov

Cole
Vrbata

I think Kolstov will pick an assist or two, if not a goal.

Koltsov71
10-20-2003, 05:27 PM
Am I the only one that doesn't predict Penguins wins? :D

DJ Spinoza
10-20-2003, 05:56 PM
I hardly do on the other board.

Evilo
10-20-2003, 09:28 PM
Am I the only one that doesn't predict Penguins wins? :D
Yeah traitor... ;)

I'll go on a and predict a Fleury shutout too.
2-0. Mario with a goal. EN by Fata to finish off the work.
Fleury will be the first star of course.

Til the End of Time
10-21-2003, 06:45 AM
Unfortunatly, I too think the Penguins will lose... 2-0

RedRumNJD
10-21-2003, 05:35 PM
My last prediction was correct (3-0 loss to LA in opener). I hope this one isn't correct:

I think Fleury will have a bad game, and the Pens will lose 4-1.

Robert Paulson*
10-21-2003, 05:45 PM
I think the Pens will win.. 3-2. Malone with the game winner within the 1st half of the 3rd. :)

Koltsov71
10-22-2003, 05:55 AM
After taking a nasty spill into the boards on Monday, Jeff O'Neill is doubtful for tonight's game.

Koltsov71
10-22-2003, 04:15 PM
Aleksey Morozov on the powerplay! Wooooo!

Assists go to Lemieux and Tarnstrom.

:handclap:

john g
10-22-2003, 04:18 PM
1-0 after one period

Robert Paulson*
10-22-2003, 04:20 PM
AWESOME goal. Weekes thought it went it, but it went off the post, right to Morozov who put it right in before Weekes saw it. Nice goal guys :)

Wingboy2999
10-22-2003, 04:24 PM
3 more points to 1700!

look out for orpik
10-22-2003, 04:24 PM
yay on the goal and another point for lemieux . :rolly: ... boo on morozov, stevie wonder coulda put that one in :rolleyes: sorry i just dont like him

Robert Paulson*
10-22-2003, 04:32 PM
yay on the goal and another point for lemieux . :rolly: ... boo on morozov, stevie wonder coulda put that one in :rolleyes: sorry i just dont like him

Hey, just be happy we didn't have Holzinger there, he probably woulda hit the post or missed the net completely. :D Nice job guys :handclap:

Don'tcry4mejanhrdina
10-22-2003, 04:39 PM
Yeah, boo Morozov, he really sucks. I mean, he scored a goal that "even Stevie Wonder could put in". How dare he! Trade him! Trade him now! It's not like Pittsburgh needs guys who can score. :rolleyes:

Wingboy2999
10-22-2003, 04:45 PM
Ok, Buchberger should NEVER be on a PP squad. Even on the Pens.

look out for orpik
10-22-2003, 04:47 PM
Hey, just be happy we didn't have Holzinger there, he probably woulda hit the post or missed the net completely. :D Nice job guys :handclap:


lol i think i just may have to agree with you :joker:

Wingboy2999
10-22-2003, 04:49 PM
There goes the shutout. Why did Fleury even come out of the net? Rookie mistake I guess.

Robert Paulson*
10-22-2003, 04:49 PM
errrr... Fleury shouldn't have tried to clear that puck.. if anything go out and cover it. Bad idea by Fleury. :dunno: 1-1.

Robert Paulson*
10-22-2003, 04:52 PM
uh oh, hope Mario's okay..

Don'tcry4mejanhrdina
10-22-2003, 04:57 PM
What happened to Lemieux?

Koltsov71
10-22-2003, 05:07 PM
What happened to Lemieux?

Hill was trying to clear the puck and it hit Lemieux in the leg. Seems ok, just shaken up.

Koltsov71
10-22-2003, 05:10 PM
yay on the goal and another point for lemieux . :rolly: ... boo on morozov, stevie wonder coulda put that one in :rolleyes: sorry i just dont like him

http://media.TheInsiders.com/Media/Other/229031_barf.GIF

Couldn't think of something to say that wouldn't get me banned. So I'll let the emoticon do the talking.

One-eyed Jack
10-22-2003, 05:27 PM
can anyone confirm or deny this?(I'm a rotofanatic, hence the question)

I read somewhere today that Berehowsky was moved to the 1st pp unit for tonights game and Kolstov would be moved off it. It looked like Berehowsky never made it out for the 1st pp, instead Abid was the recipient of the pp time according to the pp icetime on ESPN's boxscores. Can anyone elaborate on this?

Wingboy2999
10-22-2003, 05:57 PM
Big chance for the Pens here. Fleury has made some nice saves. That check by Lemieux was sweet!

spence___
10-22-2003, 05:58 PM
Aubin with 23 saves as the Baby Pens beat Norfolk 6-1.


http://pointstreak.com/framed/prostats/boxscore.html?gameid=44666

Don'tcry4mejanhrdina
10-22-2003, 06:05 PM
I am a little disappointed that the pens didn't win, but they still got a point and Fleury played good once again. Also, good job by Wilkes-Barre.

Darth Vitale
10-22-2003, 06:35 PM
Fleury was [35 of 36] tonight. Another very good game other than his goof that led to the goal. Rookie mistake but he kept his composure, that's the main thing.

No Quarter
10-22-2003, 06:59 PM
I was down at the game tonight and the thing that irked me the most about this game is how many shots Straka passed up on the Power Play.
I counted at least 4 excellent oppertunities for him to fire the puck but instead he dished it off to either Tarnstrom or Mario with a cross ice pass.
Another thing is when he passed the puck off either Morozov or Abid had their ***** parked in front of the net ready for a rebound.

spence___
10-22-2003, 07:15 PM
only 10,425 people in attendence, their lowest in 2 years.

http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=58030

No Quarter
10-22-2003, 07:23 PM
That is why Lupy needs to be up with the Pens...

Lupy is a gunner...he has a cannon and uses it every chance he gets...he is also a right handed shot from the blueline...which the Pens have very few of....Tarnstrom has to float to the middle to one time the passes off the half-board from Mario...Lupy would be able to gun them off the point...and Tarnstrom could move to the right side..

Lupy also is great at leading the rush and making outlet passes....which this team really needs.

Tired of hearing about his D being weak, because it is a BS knock. Even Lupy said he is tired of the stigma, and that critics are just looking for something to harp on.

Berehowsky can keep making veteran mistakes...but Lupy can't be up here making rookie mistakes? All mistakes look the same to me...

On a side note, anyone see the Fluery interview after the game?

He is still learning English..and was asked about the play where he came out...and he said..."I got uh..what is it.. screwed?" lmao..



I agree Berehowsky was the worst dman on the ice for us.
I thought he was a decent pick up for us being a veteran dman and all, but if he keeps playing as bad as he has the first 5 games, well I say yeah give Lupaschuk a good long look.

KungFuPenguin
10-23-2003, 01:47 AM
On a side note, anyone see the Fluery interview after the game?

He is still learning English..and was asked about the play where he came out...and he said..."I got uh..what is it.. screwed?" lmao..

Heh. That was actually quite amusing. :)

kutdacheez
10-23-2003, 03:28 AM
I was down at the game tonight and the thing that irked me the most about this game is how many shots Straka passed up on the Power Play.Another thing is when he passed the puck off either Morozov or Abid had their ***** parked in front of the net ready for a rebound.
For some reason, the "get it on the net, good things will happen" message has missed Straka. I can see dumping that pass back to Tarnstrom once in a while . . . but Tarnstrom hasn't been "on the net" with his shot that much himself. Straka's dumping it back everytime.
Forcing the puck to Mario too much cost them also. Those four foot passes into traffic are just plain stupid.
I have a few other comments on the game last night . . . and the first five . . . below.

kutdacheez
10-23-2003, 03:35 AM
only 10,425 people in attendence, their lowest in 2 years.

Maybe you saw 10,425 bodies in there last night . . . but I sure didn't.
This is getting back to the old days . . . right now only the real hard core Penguin hockey fans are there. Mid week, lackluster opponent . . . WVU playing VT . . . the World Series, etc., plus the price of a ticket are going to affect all NHL crowds. Things will pick up after Stiller season is done (maybe this week ;) ) and the high school football season ends. Anyone who thinks there were even 10,000 there last night just can't count very well.

kutdacheez
10-23-2003, 03:47 AM
Tired of hearing about his D being weak, because it is a BS knock. Even Lupy said he is tired of the stigma, and that critics are just looking for something to harp on.

Berehowsky can keep making veteran mistakes...but Lupy can't be up here making rookie mistakes? All mistakes look the same to me...


Well, I'm glad someone else brought this one up first. Before I jump on the Lupaschuk should be up here and Berehowsky's play I first want to ask . . . what does ANYONE see in Dan Focht other than his size? Some of the posters here keep mentioning how good he is and all I see is a STIFF. Out of position, looks uncertian about himself when handling the puck and is slow. I haven't put him in the Shawn Hiens category yet but he's damn close.
As to Berehowsky AND ALL OTHER OLDER PLAYERS . . . some of these guys are making mistakes 'that if it was Laupaschuk' it would be highlighted. That goes for Tarnstrom, also. I agree that Lupaschuk has this stigma about bad defense. He plays as good as almost any of the others and what he does bring to the table is a player who puts the puck on the net.
You are so right CM . . . all mistakes look the same!

kutdacheez
10-23-2003, 03:48 AM
I agree Berehowsky was the worst dman on the ice for us.
I thought he was a decent pick up for us being a veteran dman and all, but if he keeps playing as bad as he has the first 5 games, well I say yeah give Lupaschuk a good long look.

How did you miss Focht? :D

kutdacheez
10-23-2003, 03:55 AM
errrr... Fleury shouldn't have tried to clear that puck.. if anything go out and cover it. Bad idea by Fleury. :dunno: 1-1.

I must be the only one who didn't think MAF screwed up. He came out and played the puck and Francis made a good play pinching in. Covering the puck or firing over the glass would have resulted in a penalty, right? Possibly Focht, Bradley and Holzinger should make the final decision as to whether it really was a rookie mistake, or not. They certainly had a front row seat while they watched the play.
The way I saw it was he tried to make "the right" play . . . and for that reason I find it hard to call it a "rookie" mistake . . . or a "bad-idea" by MAF.

kutdacheez
10-23-2003, 04:08 AM
This is what I see as one of the biggest downsides to the Pens game right now . . . it's the (what appears to be) very deliberate passes thru the neutral zone. By that, I mean they appear to think too carefully about their decision to pass. Too carefully. But, maybe that's what Edzo wants them to do.
The passer gets the puck, turns, scans the ice, then sends the pass forward . . . and the time for them to do that is about as long as it takes for the other team to get into position to stop any forward movement. It isn't the trap that stops us moving forward it's the cautiousness IMHO.

Der Schweinehund
10-23-2003, 04:21 AM
I must be the only one who didn't think MAF screwed up. He came out and played the puck and Francis made a good play pinching in. Covering the puck or firing over the glass would have resulted in a penalty, right? Possibly Focht, Bradley and Holzinger should make the final decision as to whether it really was a rookie mistake, or not. They certainly had a front row seat while they watched the play.
The way I saw it was he tried to make "the right" play . . . and for that reason I find it hard to call it a "rookie" mistake . . . or a "bad-idea" by MAF.

Given the scouting reports that quote the knocks against him as being his puck handling, I simply think he whiffed on the puck. Rookie or 12-year veteran - if your weakness is puck handling, you obviously stand a better chance of whiffing it. The only sembelance of a mistake, IMO, is perhaps he shouldn't have gone for it. But that is real, real, real tough to pin on him. "IF" he did in fact have a brain fart or learning experience, wow...big surprise for an 18-year old.

Der Schweinehund
10-23-2003, 04:36 AM
Well, I'm glad someone else brought this one up first. Before I jump on the Lupaschuk should be up here and Berehowsky's play I first want to ask . . . what does ANYONE see in Dan Focht other than his size?

Focht doesn't stand out as horrible given what he is compared against the median. Is he playing vastly worse than the killer B's? (Bergevin, Baumgartner, and Berehowsky) I certainly don't think so. But of course, that is not a good thing. Hence, that is my opinion of why Focht is being let off the hook somewhat.

I will go one step further and say that we only have one defenseman playing right now that would earn a spot on the 20 of the 30 teams in the NHL. That's Tarnstrom - who, despite my summertime worries, has been absolutely a pleasure to watch. Orpik and Melichar I am ambvialent about - but generally positive about their progress. I really, really, really look forward to Rosy's return.

At this point, to cap off my rambling - bring up Lupaschuk, send down Focht. I can live with Lupaschuk given I believe he would be in the "generally positive about their progress" category, not to mention adding a real PP dimension that we sorely lack.

The Tang
10-23-2003, 06:04 AM
it seems to me that everyone is treating focht like he is a veteran that has been in the league for years. the guy played what, 35 nhl games before we got him? i understand he's no rookie, but i think too much criticism is being directed towards him. its only games into the season, give him time. if he's like this 10 games from now and showing no improvement,than i think it may be time to worry.

kutdacheez
10-23-2003, 10:11 AM
it seems to me that everyone is treating focht like he is a veteran that has been in the league for years. the guy played what, 35 nhl games before we got him? i understand he's no rookie, but i think too much criticism is being directed towards him. its only games into the season, give him time. if he's like this 10 games from now and showing no improvement,than i think it may be time to worry.

Okay, fair enough . . . I'll see you in 10 more games! :D

kutdacheez
10-23-2003, 10:18 AM
Focht doesn't stand out as horrible given what he is compared against the median. Is he playing vastly worse than the killer B's? (Bergevin, Baumgartner, and Berehowsky) I certainly don't think so. But of course, that is not a good thing. Hence, that is my opinion of why Focht is being let off the hook somewhat.


Maybe they are just minding their mentoring too much! :dunno:
Whada ya think? :D

Der Schweinehund
10-23-2003, 10:25 AM
Maybe they are just minding their mentoring too much! :dunno:
Whada ya think? :D

I admit, I certainly have suggested (and hoped) of Bergevin as a mentor. But I also desired someone else too. Berehowsky and Baumgartner would never have entered my mind in that respect. Volunteer, retired Canadian businesspeople - yes. Berehowsky - no.

Unfortunately, some of the player personnel decisions work out to be warm-body-to-fill-the-uniform decisions. But - let's give them time. Coach Hillier will help 'shape' them.

(Okay - now I am depressed.)

kutdacheez
10-23-2003, 10:38 AM
I admit, I certainly have suggested (and hoped) of Bergevin as a mentor. But I also desired someone else too. Berehowsky and Baumgartner would never have entered my mind in that respect. Volunteer, retired Canadian businesspeople - yes. Berehowsky - no.

Unfortunately, some of the player personnel decisions work out to be warm-body-to-fill-the-uniform decisions. But - let's give them time. Coach Hillier will help 'shape' them.

(Okay - now I am depressed.)

I just coundn't pass that opportunity up! :)

Koltsov71
10-23-2003, 11:28 AM
I must be the only one who didn't think MAF screwed up.

I'm with you on that one.

Evilo
10-23-2003, 11:42 AM
I would of said to send down Focht, but the Pens org. has a hard on for him, so why bother to even suggest it.

It is just getting to the point where I am getting disgusted with how they are developing Lupy. I have watched him play more than probably anyone on this board, and he is a hell of a player.

He is my fav. prospect by a mile...he has so much talent, and has unfairly been labeled as being poor in his own end. From December until the end of the season he had the best plus-minus on the Baby Pens last season....but he is poor in his own end....right...

He made some mistakes when he was called up last yr. in his first game, because he was nervous. He was not the same player that night....he wasn't sure where to be on the ice..he was trying to move the puck too quickly...stuff he doesnt do when he is playing his game.

He made the one mistake behind his net that lead to the goal and never got to play another game. Yet scrubs like Kraft keep getting chances to prove themselves.

I am tired of watching Lupy get shafted...they need to let him play and live with his mistakes..because his offense will more than make up for any "rookie" mistakes...unlike other D -men on this team who make "veteran" mistakes and don't have the offensive abilities to change a game around.

Lupy is a difference maker...pure and simple. Pens have zero difference makers on the blueline....Tarnstroms offensive game in comparison to Lupy's is a joke..not even close.

I guess it is more important to have Berehowsky, Focht and Bergevin on the team...they are such outstanding talents and have such huge upside...nevermind that 2 of them are over 30...

They are on the team to bring veteran leadership..right right....what was I thinking? Not like Berehowsky gets pissed on every shift and Bergevin almost put a goal in his own net last night...but those are "veteran" mistakes...they don't count as much as "rookie" mistakes.
I'm with you on Lupaschuk. He's guy that should play instead of the Berehowkys and Bergevins.
However, I also say : play Focht and Kraft. Let them show what they can do, through their mistakes. Give them icetime, like Lupaschuk to show their stuff.
It's not like we're contenders. We can afford costly mistakes.
Play them and after 25 games, you'll know what to make of them (trade them, dump them or keep them).
I've been saying all along that young guys should have the priorities over veterans this year. Because we're not going to win that many games, and because we CAN afford to lose because of rookie mistakes.
The reward can also be great when a young guy gets his confidence at the NHL level.
These guys are real talent. Let them show their stuff.

Robert Paulson*
10-23-2003, 12:29 PM
On a side note, anyone see the Fluery interview after the game?

He is still learning English..and was asked about the play where he came out...and he said..."I got uh..what is it.. screwed?" lmao..

I noticed that, and wondered "Did he say that?" :lol: That's our Fleury!!! :D

GoPenguins
10-23-2003, 01:44 PM
I watched last night's game, and have to say there are a few worrying points in our play. Going by the age-old saying 'you have to shoot to score', I was getting so frustrated at the lack of shots fired on goal, especially on the PP. Tarnstrom, Straka and Lemieux seemed more content to pass the shooting responsibilities to each other, and I think between them they passed up 7-10 shooting opportunities.

I understand it would be nice to pass and create a clear cut opportunity, but sometimes just shooting the damn puck should be the option to take. In theory, a shot on goal has a chance of either going straight in, getting deflected in, or generating a good rebound or two. A passing triangle of Lemiuex, Tarnstrom and Straka does not do that. Our powerplay is not an elite unit made up of 5 all stars, but they certainly can be an effective powerplay if they varied their approaches and shot more.

Shooting more brings me to the defensemen we use. I agree with the previous posters that it makes much more sense to have Lupaschuk up in Pittsburgh learning his trade. Noone likes mistakes being made, but when they are currently being made by our supposed experienced veterans, it gets frustrating. I know it wont happen, but I'd rather see Lupaschuk and perhaps even Patrick Boileau up here. Lupaschuk would obviously add a great weapon to the PP. Am not sure if Boileau can play PP, but he might play defense better than some of the present bunch.

On defense, I feel the best two are Tarnstrom and Orpik, with Melichar getting better with each game as his confidence in his shoulder improves. Focht hasnt had the best impact yet, and the dreaded killer B's of Baumgartner, Bergevin and Berehowsky have been more dangerous to us. One thing I am a little baffled in aside from the personnel choice. If we are having Bergevin and I think its Focht playing as leftie defensemen (which can cause problems), why are we playing Bergevin over Baumgartner. Granted, neither has played great, but isnt Baumgartner a leftie? Why not play the defenseman who is comfortable playing on the left.

All in all, we got a point. Fleury's performance was again good (he needs to improve puck handling and to cut down on the juicy rebounds he is sometimes leaving). Fata skated with purpose and was perhaps our most hungry forward along with Koltsov and Bradley. However, I do feel that last night's game was one point lost. Perhaps the most disappointing was the quiet crowd and the lack of effort shown by the Pens on their two timely penalties - both at the end of the third.

Here's hoping for a better showing, and perhaps for Lupaschuk to get a call from Pittsburgh :)

The Tang
10-23-2003, 02:48 PM
but isnt Baumgartner a leftie? Why not play the defenseman who is comfortable playing on the left.



Here's hoping for a better showing, and perhaps for Lupaschuk to get a call from Pittsburgh :)
no, Baumer is a rightie, which i think is why they picked him, to replace Roszival while he is gone. also, i dont see Lupo being brought up unless Tarnstrom and Roszival/Baumer are out too. it seemed he was still too much of a liability on D in rpeseason, so i think they will wait, at least for 1/3 of the season.