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Penguins Game Day (Game 40: Hurricanes)

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The Penguins begin a three game road trip as they travel to Raleigh North Carolina to take on Jordan Staal and the Hurricanes.

Game Time: 7:00pm est.
Pittsburgh(29-10-0) @ Carolina(16-20-2)
Last Meeting: Pens Lost 4-1

What to Watch For

The Canes have lost 5 games in a row and are only 1-9-0 in their last 10 games. This is a team that was playoff bound until Cam Ward went with an injury. That is the unpredictable nature of injuries if you’re looking for a site where to bet on NHL games? Though they are falling fast in the standings, they still have the firepower and skill to play a major role in where other teams will finish the season.

I expect the Guins to play a tight defensive game much like the game a few nights ago against New York. With Crosby, Martin, Neal and possibly Letang out, their goal scoring will not come as easily.

Starting Goaltenders

(confirmed) Marc Andre Fleury
(unconfirmed) Dan Ellis

Penguins Buzz & Injury Notes

Sidney Crosby spoke with the Media for the first time since having his jaw broken on March 30 against the Islanders.  Penguin.nhl.com

(There is no time table for Crosby’s return yet)

After practicing with his team on Monday, Kris Letang stated he feels good enough to play, but it is ultimately up to the trainers and coaches when he gets back in the lineup.

Still no update on Paul Martin.

Dan Bylsma announced that James Neal would not accompany the team on their three game road trip due to suffering from a Concussion.

During and interview with Pittsburgh Radio Host Mark Madden Jarome Iginla was asked what it would take to keep him in Pittsburgh.  His answer was.
“Win, have fun together and if Ray Shero wants to keep me…”

 Around The League

It appears Alexander Ovechkin has finally found his game again. In the past 14 games he has 16 goals which has tied him with Steven Stamkos with 25 goals on the year.

Both Chicago (62 points) and Pittsburgh (58 points) clinched the Playoffs on Sunday night.

Colorado Goaltender J.S. Giguere blew his top during his post game remarks after losing 3-1 to the Calgary Flames last night. Denver Post

Erik Karlsson skated for the first time on Monday. There is still not time table for his return, though it is possible he could play before the end of the season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Slavinsky

Pittsburgh Penguins writer for hockeytracker.net. Since my childhood I have followed hockey, from the years of The Great One up to The Next One I have followed the fastest sport on ice. Growing up in Pittsburgh PA, I have had the privilege to witness some of Hockey's Greats. Since the days of Le Magnifique no other team in Pittsburgh has mattered to me but the Penguins.

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