Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Preseason Game 4 - Toronto Maple Leafs

Today is the second game in as many days for the Penguins as they will travel the short distance from Montreal to Toronto to play the Leafs.

If you ever wanted to know what it would look like if half of the Penguins teams all caught the Black Plague at the same time then this is your hockey game to watch. Check out this line-up that the Pens will put on the ice tonight:

FORWARDS
Matt Cooke-Jordan Staal-Tyler Kennedy
Chris Conner-Dustin Jeffrey-Ruslan Fedotenko
Nick Johnson-Mike Rupp-Konstantin Pushkarev/Ryan Bayda
Paul Bissonnette-Wyatt Smith-Wade Brookbank

DEFENSE
Jay McKee-Alex Goligoski
Mark Eaton-Robert Bortuzzo
Ben Lovejoy-Nate Guenin

GOALTENDERS
Brent Johnson, John Curry

How many times this year, preseason included, did you think you would say "Matt Cooke" and "playing on the first line" in the same sentence? For me it was never. This may be a once in a lifetime thing you are going to watch here tonight.

No word yet on what the Leafs will send out there. If there is anything and I have some time to throw it up I will update this post.

The game will be played on the NHL Network and we will get the TSN feed here in the states. I wish we could get more TSN games during the regular season, what a staff.

In all seriousness this is a pretty important game for the guys wearing the Pens uniforms. These guys are playing for a spot on a roster, or if they are not, they are playing to stay in the system and for the chance to get called up later in the year if an injury happens (which it will). Some people might think this is just a joke of a game that will be boring. Make no mistake about it that this game will be very competitive and it can show you a lot about the depth of the Penguins system.

The Penguins pretty much said that the next two games, and the last two preseason games, (Thursday @ Columbus, Sunday @ Detroit) will be dress rehearsals for the regular season which will start in about 10 days. That is when we will see some resemblance of what the real roster will look like and who will probably make this team. Should be great thing the rest of the week.

Lets Go Pens

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