Friday, June 16, 2006

Ward's in, Weight's out

Eric Duhatschek has the latest injury info from Edmonton, and we've learned the Hurricanes will be without veteran Doug Weight for Saturday's Game 6. Defenceman Aaron Ward, who missed time in Game 5 with some undisclosed hurts, will play.

Weight had three goals and 13 points in 23 games in the postseason so far, so it's debatable how much Carolina will miss him. He did play a considerable amount on the power play, and had picked up three points in five games against the Oilers. Still, in this series, Weight is behind six other 'Canes forwards in terms of icetime, and his contributions are only slightly beyond that of a third liner.

Throughout these playoffs, Weight has averaged less than 12 minutes a game at even strength.


At 1:09 a.m., June 17, 2006, Anonymous swabbubba said...

The Canes will miss Dougie. Ward is probably going to get attention from all the Oilers. The Carolina D will be getting checked at every opportunity. I think the physical side of the game is what is getting the Oilers back in this thing. Hope this goes 7. Go Oil

At 2:25 a.m., June 17, 2006, Blogger Joe Pelletier said...

Carolina would be wise to dress seven defensemen, and double shift Brind'Amour and Staal at center ice at various points of the game. Cullen is a good fit at center but Vasicek looked a little lost in the third period of game 5.

Joe Pelletier


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