At this point i think its just because his name is carkner...i wanted him in the lineup for game 2 and he played probably his best game of the year...why why why would you want him scratched? If you want hickey taken someone else out, we need carkner s physical play period.
Carkner also played only 8 minutes. The more he plays, the more his lack of speed is likely to be exposed by the Pens forwards. The rest of the team has also picked up its toughness to a point where Carkner's physicality isn't a necessity.
I don't dislike Carkner. I just don't think this is a good matchup for him, and playing him feels like playing with fire.