Toronto Maple Leafs
7:30 p.m., Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
The Penguins come back to the CEC after getting their first win of the season in New Jersey. In case you didn't really catch it Nic from PSAMP was there and gave us this gem:
Unreal fist pumps.
Well today the Penguins are back on the grind at home, looking for that first win in the new digs. MAF is back in net. I wasn't sure our new starting goalie (Brent Johnson) needed a day off after one playing in one game. Or that is at least what I expect to hear if MAF gives up a goal tonight.
Stoosh went unreal on The Pensblog for his weekly column. Great read.
Well the Canada media is in the house today and is pretty much freaking out that we have a new arena. I wonder if they realize, outside of today, that Pittsburgh even has a hockey team? Doubtful. The Leafs are 2-0 coming in so obviously they will be playing for the Stanley Cup in the next couple of weeks. Just like the Penguins are still eliminated from the playoffs after two games, but the Penguins won their last game so we are Cup Champions again. Jesus this is hard to get a grip on.
The Pens probable lines:
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Eric Tangradi - Mark Letestu - Evgeni Malkin
Matt Cooke - Max Talbot - Tyler Kennedy
Eric Godard - Craig Adams - Mike Rupp
Paul Martin - Kris Letang
Alex Goligoski - Derek Engelland
Andrew Hutchinson - Ben Lovejoy
Marc Andre Fleury
And for the Leafs:
Versteeg - Bozak - Kessel
MacArthur - Grabovski - Kulemin
Sjostrom - Brent - Armstrong
Orr - Zigomanis - Brown
Beauchemin - Phaneuf
Kaberle - Schenn
Gunnarsson - Komisarek
A few notes about the lineups:
-Orpik and Michalek are again not in the lineup. No word really on how long either will be out but that doesn't stop a ton of people from throwing it around as if it is the end of the world.
-Colby Armstrong is coming back to the Burgh. Should get a nice ovation from the fans. Everyone here loves him and he was Sid's bff when he was here before
-Mike Zigomanis also returns to Pittsburgh. He wasn't a Penguin for a long time (due to injury) but when he played he was a really nice player to have. Fourth line guy but was cash on faceoffs. If there is a big faceoff late in the game he is going to take it and has a great chance of winning it. It will be nice to see him on the ice again. Wish the Penguins could have kep thim.
-Gustavsson is making his first start in the pipes tonight. Lets light him up