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It's the second Staal VS. Staal game of the year.
The first one was overshadowed by some banner, so this is really your first chance to get really drunk.
It also gives us a chance to post this:
Sure, those were last year and they mean nothing in relation to tonight's game, but that doesn't make them any less amazing.
And don't for a second think that Carolina doesn't remember all of that.
As we mentioned earlier today, this is probably a big game for them.
Much like November 11th last year when the Pens played the Wings for the first time since the 2008 Final, the Hurricanes probably circled this date on their calendars as soon as the schedule came out.
That said, as the defending Champions, a lot of teams probably circled the Pens on their schedules.
The Consol Energy Center should be ready this summer.
"The Penguins do plan to continue at the new arena the tradition of showing playoff and other special games like this year's opener on a big screen set up outdoors. The exact site has yet to be determined but one possibility is the plaza that will sit between the Epiphany Church and the arena entrance near Centre Avenue, Mr. Sawyer said."
Cam Ward faces Marc-Andre Fleury tonight and Team Canada staff is no doubt looking on.
The Trib takes a look at Fleury and Ward and how they are challenging the "old guard" of Canadian goaltenders: Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo.
"Few proven goalies receive less acclaim in their native countries than Fleury and Ward, neither of whom are locks to represent Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in February.
Brodeur, with a 2.93 GAA through five appearances, and Luongo, struggling with a 3.33 GAA in as many appearances, are viewed as Canada's top two goalies for the Games — even though they've combined to win just one more playoff game the past four years (25) than Fleury and Ward totaled in the 2009 playoffs (24)."
We're a little late on this, but here you go:
Did he straighten his hair?
Why are we talking about a player's hair?
Some things just beg to be Photoshopped.
New in Storeblog:
Empty Netters points out that the Pens have the most blocked shots so far.
Jay McKee leads the league with 20.
A win tonight would wrap up the Pens four game road trip with a perfect record.
The Pens lines tonight will be the same as always.
Here are the Hurricanes lines, according to Canes Country:
Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu - Sergei Samsonov
Matt Cullen - Chad LaRose - Ray Whitney
Rod Brind'Amour - Jussi Jokinen - Scott Walker
Stephane Yelle - Tom Kostopoulos - Tim Conboy
Joe Corvo - Tim Gleason
Aaron Ward - Niclas Wallin
Andrew Alberts - Jay Harrison
Captain Lou Albano died today.