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Carolina’s game two lineup changes

With each cryptic update of the injury situations with Tuomo Ruutu and Erik Cole, it seems more and more evident that neither will suit up for tonight’s game two at Mellon Arena.  Ruutu’s

right ankle

umm…  “lower body” sounds like it’s worse than it looked and Cole’s

left knee

umm… “lower body” sounds like it might not be as bad as it looked. 

The updates are cryptic, confusing and contradictory.  One hour, they’re saying that Ruutu is definitely out and Cole is a gametime decision.  The next, they say that Cole is doubtful and Ruutu is out.  The next, they say both players are hopeful.  No details have been released about the MRI results for either player.  I’m going to assume that neither player will go tonight. 

There are a load of different lineup options which have been outlined by Luke Decock.  Here’s what I think:

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Canes lose game one, Ruutu, Cole

For the third time in a row, and the fifth of the last seven, Carolina has lost game one of a playoff series.  In every other series, Carolina has come back to win the series.  More important than losing the game is that they may have also lost Tuomo Ruutu and Erik Cole to knee injuries. 

Miro Satan, who wasn’t even in the lineup when the playoffs began, got things started for the Pens at 9:17.  He stepped out of the penalty box, where he had been sitting for being found guilty of holding, accepted a pass from Matt Cooke, and was off to the races.  He came in alone and ended up lifting a backhander past Cam Ward.  Hal Gill picked up the secondary assist.  Those kinds of goals are always a little more painful, and it was certainly a tone-setter.

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