Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 12/06/08 at 06:50 PM ET
On Saturday, the red-hot Flyers will come to Raleigh for the third meeting of the season. So far, each team has won in the other’s building. Philly is 7-1-2 in their last 10 games, which is the third best mark in the league for that “last 10” category. Conversely, Carolina is just 4-6-0 in the last 10 games, putting them at 25th in that category.
Defensemen Casey Borer and Tim “We got us a great big” Conboy have been recalled from Albany. The two will skate together as the third defensive pairing, which is something they’ve done at the collegiate level and also in Albany.
Conboy played in 19 games with the Canes last season, notching five assists and 60 PIMs. Borer played in 11 games and registered one goal and two assists. Conboy is also pretty well known for a couple of instances when he “went bananas” in AHL play. Both, incidentally, against the Flyers AHL team. He was suspended eight games for his role in a line brawl during the Calder Cup playoffs last spring. This season, he was accused of biting Steve Downie in a fight. In the latter, he received a boatload of minutes, but no suspension.
Is it sheer coincidence that Conboy was called up to play against the Flyers? Downie was traded to the Lightning for Matt Carle, so he won’t be a factor.
Although Philly, led by Jeff Carter’s 18 goals, is red hot, no player is carrying a points streak of any kind into the game. Matt Cullen has scored goals in two straight games for the Canes and he has points in four straight.
Neither Carolina nor Philadelphia has been shut out this season. Only five other teams (Pittsburgh, Columbus, Detroit, Boston and Anaheim) can say that they have not been shut out.
I’m skipping this game due to extreme exhaustion. I’ll make it up later, thanks to the kick-ass unused ticket trade-in program the Hurricanes have.
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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.