7:00 p.m., Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
The Penguins are gearing up for their annual game with the Canucks tonight at the Consol. This is something that I like from the NHL is that the Penguins get to play each team at least one time. If you don't have Game Center or Center Ice then you are not going to see a lot of the Canucks, or most of the Western Conferece, so it is nice when your team can play them and you can see players like Luongo and the Sedin twins.
The Penguins are coming off a real tough game from Monday when they fell to the Rangers 3-2 in overtime. I don't know about most of yinz but I was pretty happy with the point. Hendrik Lundqviust stood on his head for almost an entire game but the Penguins were able to fight back for two goals in about 30 seconds and althought they gave up a shorty to send the game to overtime. A week or two ago the Penguins roll over and get shut out. Now we are starting to see the fight.
MAF is getting his fourth straight start and is a far cry from hearing all the "bench him" and "trade him" talk he was getting. A very nice stretch of three games that he has put together.
This isn't the playoffs so Vancouver is going to be a tough play. Luongo is a really nice regular season goaltender and should be a good test for the Penguins lineup who is starting to get that secondary scoring. The Sedin twins are some of the best and we will be meeting up with Dan Hamhuis. Whatev.
The Penguins probable starting lines:
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Evgeni Malkin - Arron Asham
Chris Conner - Mark Letestu - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Maxime Talbot - Craig Adams
Kris Letang - Brooks Orpik
Alex Goligoski - Deryk Engelland
Zbynek Michalek - Ben Lovejoy
The probables for Vancouver
Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alex Burrows
Mason Raymond - Ryan Kesler - Mikael Samuelsson
Raffi Torres - Manny Malhotra - Jannik Hansen
Tanner Glass - Mario Bliznak - Rick Rypen
Kevin Bieksa - Alexander Edler
Andrew Alberts - Christian Ehrhoff
Dan Hamhuis - Aaron Rome