7:00 p.m., CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Man, if there is something that can make me go from sane to insane in about 0.5 seconds it's Montreal Canadien fans. There might not be a group of more self absorbed fans in the entire world. Thank God the game isn't in Montreal because the first time some Habs player falls over the blue line the boo's would pour down and the officials would be baited into making a call against an opposing player that wasn't even dressed for the game.
On a more happy note I will admit that tonight will be a little special because Montreal defenseman Hal Gill will be playing in his 1,000th career game. Gill was a part of the Penguins team and was a pretty big fan favorite. Although Gill only played in 80 games for the Penguins he was a nice guy to have around that could play some hockey and he still can. It is nice to see good players stick around for the long haul and be productive.
As we continue to talk injuries on the Penguins front there was some good news in that Brooks Orpik will be back on the ice tonight after missing some time with an offseason hernia injury. Those are no jokes. I am sure it will take some time for Brooks to get back into hockey playing shape but it will sure be nice to see #44 out on the ice tonight.
Kris Letang will be out of the lineup tonight because of his suspension. Thank God it's just a suspension and he isn't hurt. I know that might be weird to hear that but with the Penguins injury situation it is almost a win when they get through an entire game withouth a major injury.
The Penguins really balled up and got a nice win in Minnesota so it will be interesting to see how they come out and play tonight. They are at home where it hasn't really felt like home. For much of the home games already the CONSOL crowd has been tame and pretty quiet. It would be nice if the student rush helped get some more energy in the building.
Mike Cammalleri is back in the lineup for Montreal. Wouldn't be surprised if he scored eight tonight.
Last time they met:
March 12, 2011 - Canadiens 3, Penguins 0
The Penguins probables
Steve Sullivan - Richard Park - James Neal
Chris Kunitz - Jordan Staal - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Joe Vitale - Arron Asham
Steve MacIntyre - Mark Letestu - Craig Adams
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Brooks Orpik - Deryk Engelland
Matt Niskanen - Ben Lovejoy
Marc Andre Fleury
The Canadians probables
Travis Moen - Scott Gomez - Brian Gionta
Mike Cammalleri - Tomas Plekanec - Erik Cole
Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Andrei Kostitsyn
Mathieu Darche - Andreas Engqvist - Aaron Palushaj
Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban
Hal Gill - Raphael Diaz
Alexei Emelin - Yannick Weber