Canes will be without suspended Jeff Skinner for the next two games. Photo Credit: James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE

St. Patty's Day Preview: Canes vs Wild

Happy St. Patrick’s Day…otherwise known as the international day of drinking until you get arrested for public urination day. Not that I would know…

The free flowing green booze couldn’t come at a more opportune time for Caniacs. There are many reasons tip the glass back to today as the Carolina Hurricanes face the Minnesota Wild in a dramatic finish to the 2011-12 season.

So fill your pint with a thick Guinness and let’s drink our way through this game preview…

Slainte! This is the first and only meeting between the Canes and Wild since Carolina swept the two game series in Helsinki, Finland. Take an extra big gulp in memory of then rookie, Jeff Skinner claiming his first shootout goal on October 8, 2010 and winning the game.

Toast to Justin Faulk and Jamie McBain returning home for the first time in their NHL careers.

Rounds on the house to honor the great wall, Cam Ward. The goalie earned his 20th career shutout and 200th career win with 40 saves against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

Cheers to Chad LaRose and his 4 goals over the past six games.

Drink your sorrows away for Jeff Skinner being Shanahbanned for two games as a result of his “kicking” Scott Nichol. Just finish your drink for this one, because Skinner boasts 4 goals and 6 helpers in the past 10 games. There has to be a separate post to discuss how I feel about the details of the suspension. I’m not necessarily disagreeing with the call, but there are some things to discuss. We will pause this topic for now.

Bartender, please, fill my glass for me as the Wild have lost four in a row at home.

Throw one back for birthday boy, Derek Joslin, who turns 25 years old today.

Pucks drops at 2:00pm today, so don’t pass out before the game guys! Drink responsibility at counteract that alcohol with corned beef and cabbage!

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