Lyon’s share of the crease
Tonight, Carolina is going to turn to their 3rd choice netminder in the absence of their backup goalie and that means that we are expecting a Carolina Hurricanes debut for Alex Lyon. So, this is a little terrifying. Lyon has played in the NHL before with the Philadelphia Flyers and has some stats that we would all rather not look at, but they’re workable I guess. Listen, this team won with a Zamboni driver in the net, Lyon’s got a shot.
Carolina is going to need to shelter the inexperienced goaltender as much as they can. He’s not going to let floaters in, but he’s not going to make the highlight reel saves that we will see from the netminder at the other end of the ice in this game. It’s a very difficult situation for the team, so building a strong defensive game, limiting zone entries is going to be the key to this game.
We know that when they want to be, Carolina can be a very strong defensive team, and this St Louis offense can be deadly when it wants to be. So, forcing everything to the outside is going to get the Carolina Hurricanes a long way in this game. Win battles at the front of the net and do not allow the St Louis offense to settle down.
Even as I’m talking about this, this is a very tall order for any team in the NHL. Let alone the Carolina Hurricanes without their premier right-handed defenseman. This is going to be a difficult game, and it has all the makings of being a long night for the team. If they can get anything out of this game, it’s a bonus.