The series is tied 1-1 after two games in Jersey. Which way will Game 3 swing?
Reasons why the Canes could win:
- Momentum - The Canes played great on Friday, showing they could rebound from a poor Game 1. Carrying the momentum of an excellently played Game 2 overtime victory will certainly help the chances of winning.
- Jamie Langenbrunner is out - I won't pretend to know a lot about how the Devils offense works, but there's not many teams in the NHL where losing their captain wouldn't affect their play at all.
- Home game - The fans at the RBC Center are certain to be rabid today. Need I say more?
Reasons why the Canes could lose:
- Playing like crap - If the Canes come out flatter than the two-month old Mountain Dew that's been stuck in my fridge (I'm certainly not drinking it!), then we're going to have a problem. Seriously, if the Canes' play slumps back to the way they played in Game 1, they're going to have a hard time of it, because I don't think that Jersey is going to come out slow in this game.
- Penalties - The Canes do NOT need to go on another penalty binge tonight. They certainly got off lucky only having one power play goal against them with the number of stupid penalties they took. Cutting down on penalties taken is a must.
Either way, I think this is going to be a close-played, fun game to watch. Tune in, if you can!