I wonder if Maurice is telling Ward, "You're a stud, man." (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America)

Back-to-Back Panic Attacks

We are counting down to another crucial contest, but alas, I have no more nails to bite. So grab a beer and a handful of antacids, it’s going to be another panic inducing evening.

Smooth yourself with flashbacks of last night’s win…

“We feel we have arguably the best goaltender in the world,” Maurice told the media in Buffalo.

Yep, I could not agree more. Cam Ward’s performance had me grinning like a twitterpated schoolgirl all day. There are a couple more reasons Caniacs should have been sporting smiles today.

  1. The Canes have an opportunity to share a seat with Buffalo for the final play-off spot tonight. 
  2. Maurice is keeping Skinner on the captain’s line with Ruutu. The coach made this alternation during last night’s game in Buffalo and he’s sticking to it. Damn good look’in line…from both a strategic and aesthetic standpoint. Canes Country had a great post on this today that you can view here.

Hurricanes welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to the RBC Center at 7:00pm. Like the Devils and Thrashers, the Leafs boast 70 points. Carolina currently has 74 points in 9th seed of the Eastern Conference play offs. It is another imperative contest for the team as they trail 8th seed Buffalo by a mere two points.

Also unchanged from yesterday is the absence of Troy Bodie and Jamie McBain. Bodie is a healthy scratch, while McBain remains injured.

So the other lines will consist of: Cole, Jokinen, Stillman; Tlusty, Sutter, Rosey; Samson, Dwyer, Bowman.

Last, but certainly not least, is Cam. Ward is 9-7-1 against the Maple Leafs. He was also top star on Puck Daddy today.

The Toronto men share an embarrassing problem with the Carolina boys. No, I am not about to blow the cover on a Viagra scandal. They are both…power play-less.

The Leafs have gone 1-for-32 on extra man opportunities in the past eight games. We won’t talk about the Canes power play stats. We have all heard them enough. Plus, ignoring the pink elephant seemed to work yesterday, so in the true spirit of superstitious hockey we will not discuss it again today.

I would write more, but I fear for my nerves and the vomit that may soon decorate my keyboard.

LET’S GO CANES!

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