3/12/09 Canes vs Stars... Rebound game? BOX OUT! BOX OUT!
where's the game: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX when does it start: 8:30PM EST where to catch it: Fox Sports Carolinas, 99.9 FM The Fan
why to watch it:
Both teams are fighting for their playoff lives. The Hurricanes are sitting 7th in the Eastern Conference (tied for 6th in points, Pittsburgh has a game in hand) and are 2 points back of being alone in 5th for the time being. They're also 2 points from being in 9th as the Rangers have a game in hand. From the same standpoint, Dallas is sitting 9th in the Western Conference but are 2 points from being alone in 7th. Count on both teams fighting it out to get themselves in better position for the last 12 or so games of the season.
Injuries: Carolina: Scott Walker (day-to-day), Joni Pitkanen (day-to-day, expected back vs Washington) Dallas: Brenden Morrow, Brad Richards, Jere Lehtinen, Sergei Zubov, Fabian Brunnstrom, Mark Parrish, and Toby Petersen
who to watch for:
Eric Staal - it's been 2 games since he's scored after the 6 point breakout in Tampa. Rule of "50% chance of Staal" says he's due.
Cam Ward - the Hurricanes #1 has started to make people around the league take notice, will he continue to get the nod in net or will Chairman Mo give the 30 game winner a rest?
Mike Ribiero - the Stars #1 scorer is on a 5 game point streak, will he continue that against the Hurricanes?
James Neal - the Stars rookie has been mostly overlooked in discussions this year, but he has some serious potential. Could be the next Erik Cole type gamebreaking powerforward.
Marco Ramius - Captain of the failboat himself. Watch out for his buddy Jack Ryan too, apparently most things in there don't react too well to bullets.
Carolina Powerplay 16.9% (20th) vs Dallas Penalty Kill 79.7% (21st)
Dallas Powerplay 16.1% (23rd) vs Carolina Penalty Kill 80.2% (19th)
I'm in high hopes that our boys(at least Babs) have enough left in them to pull this one through... I would think that if we come out and play with some energy, we should have this game... Hence, we will come out and use what little energy we have left to flag down the failboat.
Goddamnit I'm going to kill my cable provider... they're showing a Pac 10/UCLA basketball tournament preview or something.. the ****ing Pac 10, which is only about oh.. 3000 miles from where I live over the game (which it always lists is playing, but most of the time isn't). **** my life!