Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes | Nov 1 '11 | 7:00PM
Tampa Bay Lightning (5-4-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (4-4-3)
Courtesy of Jussi Trollinen
'Canes coming off a stunning loss against the Flyers
On Saturday, the 'Canes faced an angry Flyers team that had suffered an embarrassing 9-8 loss against the Jets. Carolina had played the previous night in a convicing win against the Chicago Blackhawks, who got shutout 3-0 after an impressive effort by the Hurricanes.
The game between Carolina and Philadelphia was tied at 1 after two periods of play. However, in the 3rd period, the Flyers scored 4 goals and the 'Canes were beaten by a score of 5-1. This enraged some 'Canes fans, who were devastated that the team could not win two possible Stanley Cup contenders in a row, in back-to-back games.
The Hurricanes now face a division rival, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team that not only beat the 'Canes in their season opener this year, but also pushed them out of the playoffs in the final game of last season.
Gleason - Allen
Yanni - Action Hero
Kaberle - Harrison
Connolly - Lecavalier - St. Louis
Malone - Stamkos - Purcell
Shannon - Moore - Downie
Ritola - Thompson - Hall
Hedman - Brewer
Bergeron - Kubina
Clark - Gilroy
In the spotlight:
Head Coach Paul Maurice is steadily leading the team towards a familiar 9th place finish.
If Carolina wins, the players get the credit. If they lose, Paul Maurice is an awful coach and must be fired immediately.
The 'Canes captain has started out the season poorly, and is already heavily criticized by infuriated fans, who have also begun questioning Staal's captaincy, and even suggested he should be traded.
Despite Staal's reputation as a slow starter, his lack of point production early on has apparently been a big surprise.
"They say I'm not playing well because I'm upset over what I did to my brother, but that's not true. I'm upset about the unwarranted criticism Chad gets at HFBoards. Leave Rosey alone."
The Calder winner has not shown signs of a sophomore slump.
In fact, he has drawn a lot of attention with his masterful diving ability. It is rumored that scouts from the Canadian Olympic Committee have been watching Carolina's games lately.
Jeff Skinner has just performed one of his heroic dives.
Seems to have quit drinking and is back in good shape. Will it last, or will his bad (drinking) habits take over during the season?
Tripp Tracy says Gleason is built like a greyhound.
Pay close attention to Tripp's creative use of the telestrator. The figures he draws may look like phalluses, but they are actually brilliant visual breakdowns of Carolina's plays.