7:00 p.m., Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
The Penguins are back in action after an off day, and a win over the Flyers, to play back at home in the CEC. The Pens finally earned their first win in the CEC with an overtime win on Friday, so we don't have to worry about that anymore. Thank God.
Sergei Gonchar makes his return to Pittsburgh. Gonchar was a mainstay in the lineup for the Penguins for what seems like forever. He was here before the resurgence and he was a huge reason for the success of this team since. If you are at the arena and they do something for Gonchar then you better stand up and scream. I will be standing in my Wisconsin based apartment clapping. Gonchar is a stand up guy and a great hockey player. If you sit besides someone that boos please pull there jersey off their back and tell them to get the hell out of the arena. I know there will always be fans like that, but they have no business being there in my opinion. Let Sarge know how much we appreciate him. Thank you Sarge.
The other big story is that Brent Johnson is going to [probably] be in net tonight for the Penguins. If you follow me at all you know I am a huge supporter of Marc Andre Fleury, and I still am. He is the future and he is our best chance of winning a cup this year. No doubt about that. With that being said Brent Johnson has the hot hand. No idea how long it will last, not idea what will come of it, but with a bunch of games all in a short amount of time here you might as well ride the strong hand. No problem with it, things will sort out and MAF will be back in the pipes playing well soon enough.
Ray Shero is a beast for resigning Johnson. Detroit doesn't even have one competent goaltender. Jokes.
The Penguins lineup:
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Eric Tangradi - Mike Comrie - Evgeni Malkin
Matt Cooke - Maxime Talbot - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Mark Letestu - Eric Godard
Paul Martin - Kris Letang
Alex Goligoski - Ben Lovejoy
Andrew Hutchinson - Deryk Engelland
The Senators lineup:
Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Daniel Alfredsson
Ryan Shannon - Peter Regin - Alex Kovalev
Jesse Winchester - Mike Fisher - Nick Foligno
Jarkko Ruutu - Chris Kelly - Chris Neil
DefenseMatt Carkner - Chris Phillips
Sergei Gonchar - Chris Campoli
Brian Lee - Erik Karlsson