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Leading Scorer: Eric Staal (5 goals, 3 points) and Justin Williams (1 goal, 7 assists), 8 points.
Last Game: 3-1 win at Montreal, Oct. 13
Last Game Against The Penguins: 4-1 win, Oct. 3.
Hurricanes Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Staal. He scored two against the Penguins on Oct. 3.
Useless Hurricanes/Whalers Trivia: When the franchise was still located in Hartford, the roof of the its home arena, the Hartford Civic Center, collapsed in January of 1978. This forced the team to temporarily relocate to Springfield, Mass for over two years. Whaler fans had to drive roughly a half-hour up Interstate 91 in order to go to games. Season ticket holders unofficially became known as the "91 Club."
Best Hurricanes YouTube We Could Find: Carolina defenseman Dennis Seidenberg broke the glass with a clearing attempt last week in Ottawa.
"HOME GAME" IN WASHINGTON
We're going to jump the gun a bit here and briefly preview the Penguins-Capitals game in Washington Saturday.
Many EN readers have told us of the Capitals' attempts to minimize the healthy contingent of Penguins fans that usually show up at Verizion Center anytime the Penguins are in town. We went to both Penguins games in Washington last season and there were at least 5,000 Penguins fans in the house each game.
The Capitals are attempting to stage a "white-out" night and are encouraging their fans to wear white to the game. They are also handing out white towels to the first 15,000 that show up.
We fully expect Penguins fans to show up and wreck this little party with their own towels.
Additionally, the Capitals are misspelling "Pittsburgh" on the tickets for the game. Either that, or they're stuck in the 19th century:
(Kudos to EN reader John Naugle for spotting this and sending us a copy of the ticket.)
Fifty years ago today, Maurice, "Rocket" Richard became the first player in NHL history to reach the 500-goal plateau.
Richard is our favorite "old" player. That is he a player that played well before our time on earth began that we like the most.
He was a quiet man off the ice but dynamic on it. He gave pride to an entire "nation" of Quebecers as a reluctant hero. In an era when French Canadiens were often treated as second-class citizens in Canada, Richard was to a Quebecois what Muhammad Ali was to an African-American.
When the Montreal Forum was closed in 1996, a ceremony honoring all of the Canadiens great players such as Guy LaFleur and Jean Beliveau was held. Richard received a standing ovation lasting over 16 minutes from the Habs faithful:
When Richard died in 2000, an estimated 115,000 people filed by his casket as he lay in state in the Molson Centre.
Plus he was "The Rocket." If you can't idolize someone who meant that much to his people and had a cool nickname, you just don't have a place for sports heroes in your life.
For more on Richard, check out this pretty good site.
WE HATE THE NEW JERSEYS
Two readers spotted a treasure trove of old jerseys:
"We all know you're not a fan of the new jersey's. In knowing this, I feel it's our duty to tell you about this.
An eBay member, Terryzt, is selling last year's authentic on-ice jerseys for dirt-cheap. We ordered six total and they are the real deal. We're not sure when/how/where this guy got all his stuff, but he's located in China and his auctions begin at $0.99. The shipping on each shirt is $49.99 (with a $2 discount per jersey if you combine shipping). We were really hesitant to order any but we took a shot and it was worth it. We got two jerseys for under $100 total, which means we won both auctions for $0.99 with no other bidders in my way. All the logos and numbers are sewn on (no ironed-on replica junk) and they come with fight straps inside.
The guy keeps putting more up every day and has been doing so for over a week. Check it out.
-Rick Riegler and Pat Horn
EN - Assuming Fisher-Price didn't manufacture these things we think you can trust these.
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-A video broadcast of tonight's game will be available through Yahoo to people outside the Pittsburgh or Carolina markets.
-The NHL took legal action against the Rangers over their injunction against the league's attempts to take over the team's Web site. Penguins CEO Ken Sawyer was one of several league executives to file a supporting statements for the NHL.
-Alexei Kovalev is mad at the Montreal media.
-The next coach of the Thrashers could be David Anderson. He is the coach of Atlanta's AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.
-The Capitals are another team that has started up a Student Rush program. (Kudos to EN reader Brenna Vickless of Washington D.C., by way of North Huntingdon, for spotting this.)
-Jose Theodore might supplant Peter Budaj as the Avalanche's top goaltender.
-James Mirtle listed every NHL coach by age, coaching and playing experience.
-Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail says the "new" NHL isn't all that new off the ice.
First Published October 18, 2007 7:29 pm