Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 11/16/08 at 01:46 PM ET
On Sunday afternoon, the Lightning will visit the Hurricanes for the first time this season. In their only previous meeting this year, Carolina came from behind to win in overtime in Tampa behind Eric Staal’s two goal effort.
This will also be the first game for the Bolts under the direction of Rick “Wagergate” Tocchet.
Carolina will be wearing their alternate black sweaters for the third time. Thus far, they have gone 1-1-0 wearing them. They will wear them at home 12 more times, and have recently added two road games for which they will don the third (December 11 @ Philly and December 13 @ Rangers). The game is being telecast by the Lightning only.
Rod Brind’Amour is one point shy of becoming #50 on the all-time NHL points list. He is currently tied with Joe Nieuwendyk (564/562) and HOFer Mike Bossy (573/553) with 1126 career points. A single point will also tie him for third on the Whaler/Canes all-time scoring list.
Patrick Eaves, who has missed a few games with an undisclosed “illness” (thanks, NHL), will be back in the lineup. To make room, it’s likely that Wade Brookbank will sit upstairs today.
Sergei Samsonov has still not scored a goal all season and Eric Staal’s goal drought has reached six games. Will today be the day that they break out of their slumps against a team struggling to find its identity? Will they continue to falter?
Tuomo Ruutu, on the other hand, has been a nice surprise. He’s been playing up to the potential that the Blackhawks saw in him when they took him with the ninth overall pick in the 2001 entry draft. He’s on pace for 62 points, and he’s had at least one point in nine of the 14 games he’s played this season.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.