Ray Shero's signing of Tomas Vokoun might be one of the most important moves he's ever made. Teams with a solid 1-2 punch between the pipes are gonna have a decided advantange, as all teams will be staring 3- and 4-game weeks in the face, not to mention the likely possibiity of double-digit back-to-back situations, and every game is going to carry importance.
Then you got to look at the simple wear-and-tear of a regular NHL season...then throw that onto the Music Express at Kennywood. Players will have less time to recuperate from injuries, meaning each team will need a copious amount of AHL pluggers on speed dial.
We were curious, so we took a look at the Pens' 1994-95 campaign. That season ended up being 48 games. It started on January 20th. Sound familiar? It ended on May 3rd.
Other tidbits from that '94-'95 schedule:
As for the Pens' roster:
HELL IN THE CELL