The Penguins have scored 13 goals in their last two games, the Hurricanes have no answers for the Penguins transition game as the Penguins have recorded 40+ shots in consecutive games and the Hurricanes have no answers for Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.
It’s a recipe for disaster against an offensive team like the Penguins whose transition game fuels their offensive attack.
The way the Hurricanes are being overmatched is similar to how the Penguins were overmatched in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings last spring
At times the Canes have played the Penguins even, but the just like the Wings did, the better team pulls away late in games.
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Barring a last minute change by the league, the Stanley Cup Finals are scheduled to begin on Friday June 5th with game 2 on Saturday June 6th.
If Pittsburgh closes out the series Tuesday night, they will have 10 days off before game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Even though that would be a long layoff between games, the players don’t want to return home for game 5.
Two players Wild GM Chuck Fletcher will take a run at in free agency are
forwards Ruslan Fedotenko and Janne Pesonen.
Fletcher was behind both signings last summer and it is expected that the Wild will move to an up-tempo system.
When franchises make deep runs in the playoffs, the value of their impending free agents rises.
The Penguins are going to find that out with Ruslan Fedotenko and Rob Scuderi.
Scuderi’s value is already at the $2.5 million per season mark.
Allan Walsh the agent for Ruslan Fedotenko is seeking a three year deal for Fedotenko.
Walsh landed Pascal Dupuis a three year deal last summer following the Penguins Stanley Cup run.