9:00 p.m., Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
The Penguins go into Colorado looking to snap a two game skid against a team that is, how do we say it, not as good of a hockey team.
Bing said that he is still having some problems with lingering effects from the concussion. Pretty soon you have to shut him down and call it a season. I would rather not win a cup this year and have Bing around for the next 10 years than have a Marc Savard situation.
Matt Duchene is out for the Avalanche which is a HUGE help for the Penguins. After the way they have played over the last week any help is good help and while I do not like to see players get hurt, it will help the Penguins hopefully get the two points tonight.
It will be interesting to see how this little bit of rest will help the team. After tonight they will not play until Sunday when they take on the Blackhawks and then on Monday against the Capitals. Starting on Sunday the Penguins will play five games in seven days. Hopefully they can get a few players back because the Penguins need to get back on track.
Should be interesting to see Shero at the deadline. If Bing doesn't look like he will be back for a while, or at all, then I don't see Shero doing anything. Even with a loco amount of cap space. When Chris Kelly is getting traded for a second round pick. Who in the world would give up a second round pick for Kelly? His own family wouldn't give up a second round pick for him.
In Shero We Trust.
The Penguins probable lineup:
Brett Sterling - Jordan Staal - Ryan Craig
Mike Rupp - Maxime Talbot - Chris Conner
Pascal Dupuis - Craig Adams - Tyler Kennedy
Tim Wallace - Joe Vitale - Nick Johnson
Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski - Deryk Engelland
For the Avalanche
David Jones - Matt Duchene - Milan Hejduk
Kevin Porter - Paul Stastny - Chris Stewart
Daniel Winnik - Ryan O'Reilly - Brandon Yip
Cody McLeod - Philippe Dupuis - David Koci
Ryan O'Byrne - John-Michael Liles
Kevin Shattenkirk - Ryan Wilson
Matt Hunwick - Cameron Gaunce