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Pittsuburgh Penguins: Eastern Conference Finals Preview

Pittsburgh Penguins8 down, 8 more to go. That is in reference to the 16 total amount of wins which is needed to raise Lord Stanley’s cup. The Pens are half way there. However, before they get a chance to play for the cup they are going to have to face the Carolina Hurricanes. The Pens played the Canes four times this year and the teams split the series with two wins a piece.

For the Penguins to win this series it is going to take a lot of pressure on Cane’s goalie Cam Ward. He has been outstanding so far in the playoffs and has been one of the biggest reasons the Hurricanes are in the Eastern Conference Finals. However, they have not experienced the volume of shots that the Pens have been putting on the opposing goalies. In the previous series against Washington the Pens put 230 shots on Varlamov compared to 199 that were put on Ward by the Boston Bruins.

My keys for the Pens winning the series:

1) Shoot the puck
2) Sid and Geno continuing their performance
3) Goals from players other than Geno and Sid

I am looking to see if this series will be a break out series for Jordan Staal who has been fairly quiet so far this post season. He will be playing his older brother Eric Staal and I am sure that they will be seeing plenty of each other during the series. I am hoping that this will help Jordan to step up and really bring out the best in his performance.

It does look like Sergi Gonchar will be playing in Game 1. I am hoping that he nor the Penguins are rushing his return. Although, I would imagine that 80% of the team is not 100% healthy at this point in the game.

Eight wins down, eight more to go…

Let’s Go Pens!

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3 comments for “Pittsuburgh Penguins: Eastern Conference Finals Preview”

  1. The throwing of the Octopi on the ice by Red Wing fans signified that it only took 8 games in the past to win the Stanley Cup because there were only six original teams. Eight games, eight tentacles.

    Maybe Pittsburg should adopt a new tradition. I don’t know what has 16 legs, but maybe throw a caterpillar or centipede on the ice when a Penguin scores.

    Good Luck tonight.

    Posted by FC Shark FanNo Gravatar | May 18, 2009, 2:48 pm
  2. FC Shark Fan,

    I have a Red Wings fan working in the office with me (yes, I had to hear about it last year) and got to understand the full meaning about throwing the Octopi. I am not sure what has 16 legs, but you could certainly sneak in a lot more caterpillars than octopi into the arena.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | May 18, 2009, 5:20 pm
  3. The Peguins should have invited Octomom to drop the puck before Game 1! Hey pittpen - good luck to your Penguins the rest of the way.

    Posted by Son of OTNo Gravatar | May 19, 2009, 12:57 pm

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