When you think of Penguin playoff rivals a Pens fan thinks of the Devils, Rangers, Flyers, or Capitals. Notice I did not mention the Canes, or Whalers for that matter. I have a pretty good read on the rosters of our rivals and how we match up against them.
I shall be honest, last night was the first time I watched the Canes all year. I have no idea what your roster is like, outside of Cam Ward who is AWESOME. As fellow hockey fans would you be willing to offer me some insight about your team; foward combinations, defensive pairings, tendancies, and so forth.
I know I am in enemy territory so as a sign of good faith allow me to provide the type of information I am looking for on your side.
Kunitz-Crosby-Guerrin: Much like the line of Stevens-Lemieux-Tocchet which can forcheck and create scoring opportunities on the rush or in the zone
Talbot-Malkin-Fedetenko: Talbot is a forchecking animal who creates offense with his blazing speed, Malkin is a Lemieux type player who can create offence and set up others, "Tenks" has taken the "sniper" role on that line.
Cooke-Stall-Kennedy: This line will be shadowing Stall's line the whole series. It plays defence and relies on getting offensive opportunites from cycling, almost never the rush.
Dupuis-Adams-Satan: Largely a utility line that has two penatly killers and an extra sniper (Satan) who steps in for Talbot on the second line from time to time.
Godard (fighting goon who won't play)
Sykora (slumping and probably injured sniper who when healthy is a dangerous side kick for Malkin)
Gonchar-Orpik: classic case of opposites making great partners for Sarge (Gonchar) is an underrated offensive defenseman who is probably our best D-man. Orpik, as I am sure Erik Cole remembers, is a heavy hitter
Eaton-Letang: just like pairing number 1 a little bit of O (Letang) with a defensive specialist (Eaton) although Eaton does have 4 goals this playoffs, Letang has 3.
Gill-Scuderi: classic shut down pair, don't let Ovie's stats full you for he did get 14 points in 7 games but, that could have easly been over 20 for he is a FORCE! The Flyers Jeff Carter had 46 goals this season, none in the playoffs thanks to this pairing. These guys will be with Stall's line to shut down Stall's line
Marc-Andre Fleury: slighly less experienced version of Cam Ward
The Pens play a high tempo, fast paced, north-south game that plays defence by always playing offence. They love to cycle but can score on the rush. They play O and D as 5 man units. I'm not going to lie, I see the Pens winning this in 6