8:00 p.m., Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
The Penguins are back in action after it seems as if they have been off for weeks and weeks at a time. There isn't too much to report on this game as it should be ho-hum.
Word from the boys at The Pensblog last nigth was that you could find tickets for as little as $17 to get into the game and you could get good lower bowl seats for around $40, including fees. Shit, I pay that much just to park for a Steelers game.
The big note you will hear from this game is that MAF is going to get the start. Lord knows the first goal he gives up they will scream for Beej to be in for the rest of the year. I dunno how I feel about this. On one hand I want to see Marc get back in there and get into a groove but on the other hand you gotta play the hot hand, nomatter how many days off he has had.
From the sounds of it Brooks and the walking wounded are getting some ice time (yes, including Staal, he is still on the team) and should be back periodically. Staal's injury seems to be going a lot better than expected so that is good. Why is this importatnt? Well, not only because some good players are close to coming back, but it is going to start to put some heat on the guys that are up and they will have to play better to stick. That is good for the Penguins.
Penguins probable line up
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Mike Comrie -Mark Letestu - Evgeni Malkin
Matt Cooke -Maxime Talbot - Tyler Kennedy
Eric Tangradi - Craig Adams - Mike Rupp
Paul Martin - Kris Letang
Alex Goligoski - Ben Lovejoy
Andrew Hutchinson - Deryk Engelland
Marc Andre Fleury
Nashville probable line up:
Martin Erat - Colin Wilson - J.P. Dumont
Jordin Tootoo - David Legwand - Joel Ward
Steve Sullivan - Cal O'Reilly - Patric Hornqvist
Sergei Kostitsyn - Nick Spaling - Jerred Smithson
Ryan Suter - Shea Weber
Francis Bouillon - Kevin Klein
Shane O'Brien - Cody Franson