As the Penguins get set to face the Carolina Hurricanes tonight for the first time since the trade last Summer that sent Jordan Staal to Carolina and returned to the Penguins Brandon Sutter and Brian Dumoulin and the draft pick that allowed them to select Derek Pouliot.
Let’s take a quick look at how both sides have fared in this trade so far:
Carolina has played 18 games, has 19 points and currently sits in first place of the Southeast Division. In these 18 games, Jordan Staal has played primarily as the second line Center playing between Jussi Jokinen and Patrick Dwyer while seeing time on the team’s second power play unit with Riley Nash and Jussi Jokinen, and occasionally, when the team goes with a four forward unit, with brother Eric, Alex Semin and Jiri Tlusty. During these 18 games, Staal has so far put up 4/G and 11/A. He is currently a -3 and has accumulated 16 PIMs. He has no Power Play goals and 3 Power Play assists.
Pittsburgh has played 20 games, has 26 points and ...