Pittsuburgh Penguins: Eastern Conference Finals Preview
8 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!