Saturday, October 23, 2010

Penguins Game Day 9 - @ St. Louis Blues

St. Louis Blues



8:00 p.m., Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO

After what was probably the best hockey game of the young NHL season the Penguins got a blow of air before they go from Nashvillege to St. Louis to take on the Blues tonight.

The Blues are a pretty strange team. Before this year most of you probably didn't even know the Blues exsisted. They are in a heavy baseball and football city and without winning they fall by the wayside and pretty under the radar for those people who really don't watch the NHL to any extent.

A little more after the line ups.

Here are the Penguins possible line ups

Forward
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Mike Comrie -Mark Letestu - Evgeni Malkin
Matt Cooke -Maxime Talbot - Tyler Kennedy
Eric Tangradi - Craig Adams - Mike Rupp

DefensePaul Martin - Kris Letang
Alex Goligoski - Ben Lovejoy
Andrew Hutchinson - Deryk Engelland
(Brooks Orpik)

Goaltender
Brent Johnson

Here is the possible Blues line up:

Forward
David Perron - David Backes - T.J. Oshie
Andy McDonald - Patrik Berglund - Brad Boyes
Alexander Steen - Jay McClement - Matt D'Agostini
Brad Winchester - Vladimir Sobotka - B.J. Crombeen

Defense
Eric Brewer - Roman Polak
Barrett Jackman - Alex Pietrangelo
Carlo Colaiacovo - Erik Johnson

Goaltender
Ty Conklin/Jaro Halak


Roster Notes:

- It will be very interesting to see who the Penguins face in net. A lot of times coaches will let players (goaltenders more often) play against teams they used to play against or goaltenders playing in their own down. Ty Conklin was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins a few years ago so it would seem if he was going to get the start in goal tonight. On the other hand Jaro Halak was monster against the Penguins in the playoffs last season and won the series for the Canadians. Montreal repayed Halak by shipping him to St. Louis because lord knows that the Habs don't want a good goalie to play with them, they'd rather have average at best Carey Price. Jokes.


- In the same respect the Penguins will most likely start Beej against the Blues. Beej was a part of the Blues system for five season at the NHL level. In 2001-02 Beej won 34 games for the Blues, but then he was given away.

- No word when I was typing this post out but Brooks Orpik is supposed to make it back for the game tonight. I am assuming this will be a game time decision, but it is sure a good sign that players are starting to come back. Word was that we might see Staal back this road trip. Actually as I was typing this our it was just reported that Brooks Orpik WILL play and Aaron Asham has a good chacne to go on Wednesday. Tight.

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