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Canes faceoff woes continue

Since we last spoke, I’ve been busy with just about everything except maintaining the blog.  Carolina has lost two games in a row.  First, they were blanked by Pittsburgh 3-0 at home on Saturday, then they were oulasted 3-2 at Philadelphia on Monday night. 

While the Canes have yet to score a single goal at the RBC Center this season, they’ve run into hot goaltenders.  First it was Michal Neuvirth of the Caps, who leads the league with seven goalie wins; then it was Brent Johson of the Penguins, who is second in the league with a GAA of 1.16 and a save percentage of .960.  That’s second only to Tim Thomas’ insanely ridiculous 0.5 GAA and .984 save percentage.  Eventually, at some point, they’ll play against a sieve.  Or, at least, a mere human. 

So the lack of scoring against these beasts isn’t really that much of a concern.  The big concern is the horrendous faceoff win percentage.

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