Thursday, January 6, 2011

Penguins Game Day 42 - @ Montreal Canadians

 Montreal Canadiens

7:30 p.m., Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

After a thrilling (or not) 8-1 thrashing of the Tampa Bay Lightning the Penguins will fly north of the boarder to take on the team that gave them their last loss of the 2009-10 season, the Montreal Canadians.

The Habs are pretty much the same team from a year ago. Have to imagine they are going to try to grind out this game and you can bet your bottom dollar that the Gill/Soupcan pair will be on the ice every time that Bing is. Too bad that this Penguins team is much deeper than last year, and much more solid on the back end.

I can't wait to see Michalek put a blanket over Cammalleri. Shut down city.

A few statistical things to talk about before the game tonight:

-With the 8-1 win last night the Penguins go into the game with the best goal differential at +40.

-The Penguins now are one of only seven teams to not have given up 100 goals yet this season.

-That being said the Penguins are third in terms of goals allowed
I give it five minutes of game time before the Montreal crowd boo's about a regular play that they think should be called a penalty.

I hope the Penguins win by 100 and just pile on top of Canada's misery after the World Juniors collapse last night.

Previous Match Up:

October 9: Montreal 3, Pittsburgh 2

The Penguins probables:

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Tyler Kennedy - Jordan Staal - Evgeni Malkin
Matt Cooke - Mark Lestestu - Chris Conner
Mike Rupp - Maxime Talbot - Craig Adams

Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski - Ben Lovejoy

Brent Johnson

For the Habs:

Max Pacioretty - Scott Gomez - Brian Gionta
Mike Cammalleri - Tomas Plekanec - Andrei Kostitsyn
Tom Pyatt - Jeff Halpern - Travis Moen
Benoit Pouliot - David Desharnais - Mathieu Darche

Hal Gill - P.K. Subban
Jaroslav Spacek - James Wisniewski
Alexandre Picard - Yannick Weber

Carey Price

The Stats:

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