2:00 p.m., CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Seems like weeks since the Penguins have played any kid of hockey. It pretty much is. On the surface this is just a game against the Habs, which is enough in its own to get your ready for it, but when you look at everything this is a huge game standings wise.
The season is winding down and we now are starting to look towards the playoffs. The Penguins are pretty much in and the Habs are right behind them. The Pens have been sitting in that fourth spot for some time now and still actually have a chance to win the Atlantic and probably have the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Unreal.
What we don't really realize is that Montreal is sitting in the sixth spot, only five points back of the Penguins. This is a huge four point game that could really give the Penguins a nice gap or really tighten things up. Every game is big from here on out.
October 9: Montreal 3, Pittsburgh 2
January 6: Montreal 2, Pittsburgh 1 (OT)
January 12 - Pittsburgh 5, Montreal 2
The Penguins probables:
James Neal - Mark Letestu - Alex Kovalev
Matt Cooke - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Maxime Talbot - Dustin Jeffrey - Pascal Dupuis
Mike Rupp - Craig Adams - Chris Conner
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen - Kris Letang
Ben Lovejoy - Deryk Engelland
Marc Andre Fleury
For the Habs
Mike Cammalleri - Tomas Plekanec - Jeff Halpern
Benoit Pouliot - Scott Gomez - Brian Gionta
Andrei Kostitsyn - Lars Eller - Travis Moen
Tom Pyatt - David Desharnais - Ryan White
Roman Hamrlik - James Wisniewski
Hal Gill - P.K. Subban
Paul Mara - Alex Picard