Ruutu game-time decision

From Chip Alexander of the News & Observer: Canes forward Tuomo Ruutu took part in the morning skate today, showed good mobility and could play tonight in Game 3 against the Penguins, although coach Paul Maurice is playing it coy. Read entire entry here. From what it sounds like, Ruutu will play so long as […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Carolina Hurricanes on May 23, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Saturday Edition): Patrick Sharp makes it a series, reaction on Mike Keenan firing, Jonas Gustavsson considering Colorado and Bobby Holik retiring

3rd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) The Penguins should be ready for Cam Ward’s best tonight.  It works to the Penguins’ advantage that they continue to outshoot everyone.  Well, that and the fact Evgeni Malkin has been a dominating force lately.  Additionally, the Penguins should anticipate one of […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams,Western Conference on May 23, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Friday Edition): Jeremy Roenick claims Mike Babcock doesn’t like Chris Chelios, the Malkin show and reaction to the Chuck Fletcher hire in Minnesota

3rd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) Evgeni Malkin was that dominant on Thursday, explains Dave Molinari.  The Penguins’ other supersatar tied a record last night.  Nice to see the Staal brothers bickering over face-offs.  What was Chris Kunitz’s play like before he finally scored last night?  For all the success […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams,Western Conference on May 22, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Thursday Edition): Blackhawks draw huge ratings, Glen Hall chimes in about today’s game and Staal brothers even so far

3rd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) Evgeni Malkin has almost already surpassed his playoff point totals from last season.  Sidney Crosby affects the game in so many ways it is scary.  Just as their parents would want it, the Staal’s were 50% against each other on face-offs in […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams,Western Conference on May 21, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Wednesday Edition): Many people writing off the Blackhawks, Penguins need Kunitz to start scoring and Judge Baum orders mediation

3rd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma was impressed with the Hurricanes’ performance in Game 1.  The Penguins need some offensive production from Chris Kunitz.  One of the keys for Kunitz breaking out of his struggles, is to put more shots on net.  Brooks Orpik comments on […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams,Western Conference on May 20, 2009

On the Beat: Carolina injuries, Manny Fernandez may retire and Chris Pronger’s future

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Luke Decock of the News & Observer thinks Tuomo Ruutu will play on Thursday but Erik Cole will not.  His offensive numbers haven’t been strong this playoffs, but Cole’s loss is still very significant. Tim Sassone says the Hawks may very well learn more from losing their current […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Boston Bruins,Carolina Hurricanes,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,On the Beat,Pittsburgh Penguins,Tampa Bay Lightning on May 19, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Tuesday Edition): Blackhawks need Kane and Toews to step up, Fleury outduels Ward and the Coyotes situation reaches decision day

3rd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) Shelly Anderson with a quick recap of Game 1.  Many of the Penguins were giving credit to Marc-Andre Fleury for keeping the team in last night’s contest.  Apparently Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Joe Starkey felt the same way.  Fleury was good, but two unlikely contributors […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Colorado Avalanche,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,Minnesota Wild,NHL Morning Papers,Northwest Division,Pacific Division,Philadelphia Flyers,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,San Jose Sharks,Southeast Division,Teams,Western Conference on May 19, 2009

Conference Finals: Pittsburgh Penguins – Carolina Hurricanes Preview

The Numbers: Playoffs Goals/GM GA/GM PP Pct. PK Pct Hurricanes 2.36 (10) 2.29 (3) 10.4% (14) 90.7% (2) Penguins 3.46 (3) 2.92 (11) 19.7% (7) 81.6% (7) Goaltending: The highly anticipated Eastern Conference Finals features two youngsters between the pipes – Cam Ward against M-A Fleury.  Although Fleury has been phenomenal (especially during overtime), the […]

Posted by Neil in Carolina Hurricanes,Columns,Eastern Conference,Northwest Division,Pittsburgh Penguins,Season Previews on May 17, 2009