Friday, October 23, 2009

Penguins Game Day 10 - vs. Florida Panthers


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whichever you prefer



7:30 PM, Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA

The Penguins are set to hit the ice with their almost perfect 8-1-0 record against the struggling Florida Panthers at the Igloo tonight. Before we get too hyped up do we all remember this game?




I do, because I was there. What a miserable time to be alive. But I guess it kinda worked out since we won the cup and all.

Back to today. The Panthers dropped a 5-2 contest to the Sabers on Wednesday, giving up five goals in the first period. Looking up this game box score I came across this on ESPN.com:



I guess ESPN doesn't even care enough about the Panthers to even realize that they put another terrible team in the headline. Imagine that

Scott Clemmenson got yanked after giving up two goals, on three shots, less than two minutes into the game. Nothing like having that confidence in a goalie. Sucks.

The Panthers are 2-5-0 in seven games and are led by Michael Frolik who has two goals and three asssists in the seven games the Panthers have played.

The Penguins will be without blue line vet Sergei Gonchar for the next 4-6 weeks with a busted up wrist. I really believe that he will be missed more for his leadership than his actual point total. I really do believe the Penguins will be alright with Go-Go and Tanger running things on the power play.

The Penguins will also go out to battle today with back up goaltender Brent Johnson. The Penguins go back to back with the NJ Devils coming to town tomorrow night. Obviously starting MAF tomorrow night is a no brainer for the division match up. Johnson did not have a bad start the last, and only, start in the Pens only loss to Phoenix. He only gave up two goals and made 22 saves. Solid backup. Hopefully he can get the win tonight to get the monkey off his back of being the only losing goaltender on the team.

Overall I think the Pens will be alright.

Here are the lines via the Penguins site:

Forwards
Kunitz-Crosby-Guerin
Dupuis-Malkin-Fedotenko
Cooke-Staal-Kennedy
Rupp-Adams-Godard

Defense
Orpik-Goligoski
Eaton-Letang
McKee-Skoula

Goaltender
Brent Johnson

Lets Go Pens

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