7:00 p.m., Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
The Penguins finally return home after a road trip that saw them look really great at times, and really shitty at times. It is what it is. Too bad it is too late for this team to start to gel and get good. Oh wait, it's only the 11th game of the season? You don't say. Here I thought Brent Johnson hasn't given up a goal in 20 games played and MAF was smoking cigs on the ice while teams scored 100 goals a game on him. Crazy how that works.
Tonight MAF will be between the pipes and he needs to be. I know I have talked to a few people who think they should play Brent Johnson, and while I agree with that to an extent, some have to realize that Johnson is not the answer this season. MAF needs to get into that big game groove and although it might take him a little while to get into it he will be just fine. Fleury has never been described as a stats goalie, so I am not really sure why people care about his stats.
I would much rather have MAF great late than early. Sure Tim Thomas looks unreal right now, but when he crashes and burns the last 20 games of the season you are going to realize that he isn't worth the water in that water battle he takes a drink out of when he gives up a softie. You know it is going to happen. You can set your watch to it.
It is the Flyers. You know what to expect. I hate those guys.
The Penguins potential lines:
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Arron Asham - Mark Letestu - Evgeni Malkin
Matt Cooke - Max Talbot - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Craig Adams - Mike Comrie
Paul Martin - Kris Letang
Alex Goligoski - Deryk Engelland
Brooks Orpik - Ben Lovejoy
Marc Andre Fleury
The Flyers potential lines:
Ville Leino - Daniel Briere - Scott Hartnell
Andreas Nodl - Mike Richards - James van Riemsdyk
Darroll Powe - Claude Giroux - Jeff Carter
Jody Shelley - Blair Betts - Nikolay Zherdev
Matt Carle - Chris Pronger
Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn
Sean O'Donnell - Andrej Meszaros
Glad to see the Flyers paid Zherdev $2 to skate on the fourth line with Jody Shelley. I mean it isn't like they could use a real goaltender or anything.
Should be interesting to see Asham playing on the second line AND playing against his former team. This is gonna be awesome.