Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Penguins Game Day 9 - vs. St. Louis Blues

7:00 PM, Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA


The Penguins play their second in a five game home stand as they take on the Jay McKee-less St. Louis Blues. I guess we should maybe let the Blues win since they are basically paying Jay McKee to play for us. He was an oft injured player in St. Louis but he has been just straight cash so far.

Not only are there some former Blues on the Penguins but there are a few Penguins on the Blues. The first of which being Ty Conklin. You remember Ty right? He came in when MAF got hurt two years ago and filled in amazingly and helping to get this team to the playoffs and the Stanley Cup finals. Darryl Sydor will also be suiting up on the blue line for the Blues so we will see a few familiar faces tonight.

Conklin is coming off a 5-0 shutout of the Mighty Ducks so he is playing pretty well. Sure the Ducks don't have Sid or Geno but none the less it was a great game for good ole Ty. The Blues had five different players record multiple points so this is no gimme game.

Here is the Penguins lines as per Penguins.com

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

Defense
Gonchar-Orpik
Eaton-Letang
Goligoski-McKee

Netminder
Fleury

Here is a little preview of the Blues thanks to Penguins.com

St. Louis returned to the postseason dance in ’08-09 for the first time in five years as their 92 points were the most accumulated by a Blues team since putting up 99 points in ’02-03. The Blues had made the playoffs 25 consecutive seasons before sitting out the three that preceded last year. A 27-9-7 finish to the season despite missing Paul Kariya and Erik Johnson from their lineup gave St. Louis the push they needed to sneak into the Western Conference playoff field.

The Blues are a team that is definatly getting better but this is a team that the Penguins should beat. They are rolling on this current streak they have so they need to stay hot and win as many games now as they can. You never know when one point is going to make the difference for playoff seeding at the end of the year. Anyways, not much of a preview today, but whatev.


Lets go Pens.


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