Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Penguins Game Day 38 - vs. Ottawa Senators

Ottawa Senators

7:00 PM, Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA




Here is your line up thanks once again to the Penguins website:

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

Defense
Gonchar-Orpik
Skoula-Letang
McKee-Goligoski

Netminder
Fleury

Looks like Mark Eaton will be out of the line up for about a week so we will see much more Skoula on our television. I am ok with that, he has played well and he seems to know his role and plays it very well.

The Pens are coming off a tough game against the Devils where they were shut out 4-0 and really got nothing going. I know, I was there. I will be in the house again for the game tonight so hopefully it's not me that is bad luck for the Penguins.

The Penguins will take on another Eastern Conference opponent when the Sens come to town. The Penguins will play the Sens at home for the first time this season after splitting two games at Scotiabank Place. The Penguins took home the first game of the series 4-1 on October 12.



The Senators bounced back and got a 6-2 win on November 19.



A quick look at the statistical breakdown:



The Penguins are going to have to bounce back and so is MAF. You know what, I am not really concerned about the loss to to Devils. Actually driving home from the game on Monday I was listening to Bob Grove after the game and some people thought we only had 10 wins on the season and not 25. One caller actually complained that we don't shoot enough on the power play and in the next sentence said we needed to give Godard some play on the power play? Really? Grover went speachless for a minute and I had no idea what this guy was thinking.

Anyways, I think the Penguins will get back on track. They will be alright. One loss does not define a season and Marty is one of a kind. It was nice to be there for a piece on NHL history, althought I would have liked to see the win.

EDIT: I just heard word from the guys over at Pens Universe that Feds and Dupes will be skating with Bing. Should be pretty interesting to see that line combination. Not sure what that means for the lines but I still feel good.

EDIT 2 - The lines are changed to reflect what we will see tonight, here they are:

Fedotenko-Crosby-Dupuis

Kunitz-Malkin-Guerin

Cooke-Staal-Kennedy

Godard/Talbot-Adams-Talbot/Rupp



Lets Go Pens

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