Friday, January 20, 2012

Penguins Game Day 47 - vs. Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens

7:00 p.m., CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Coming of the huge win last night at MSG the Penguins are going to have to get their minds right when they come back to the CONSOL to take on a struggling Montreal team. I guess struggling would be an understatement for Montreal. They are better than only two other teams in the East (point wise) and nothing has gone right. Do I feel bad? Hell no.

The Penguins are playing some good hockey but this is the second night of back-to-back games so hopefully the CONSOL crowd gives them a little something to put pep in the step. This will be Kris Letang's second game back since getting smashed in the teams last meetup. That meetup was a Penguins win where Letang came back for overtime and beat Carey Price. Maybe that is why Price isn't in goal (I know that's not why).

This is also the middle game in a series where the Penguins play three games in four days so Marc Andre Fleury is going to get the rest that he desperatly needs. Get him fresh for Sunday against Washington and hopefully the Penguins can pull off a fifth straight win. I am pretty surprised that MAF is playing, not going to lie. He is playing some good hockey of late so hopefully this means a win.

The season series (Penguins lead 2-0):

October 20, 2011 - Penguins 3, Canadiens 1

November 26, 2011 - Penguins 4, Canadiens 3 (OT)

The Penguins probables (via Seth at Empty Netters):

Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Pascal Dupuis - Dustin Jeffrey - Tyler Kennedy
Matt Cooke - Richard Park - Steve Sullivan
Eric Tangradi - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Kris Letang - Brooks Orpik
Zbynek Michalek - Paul Martin
Deryk Engelland - Matt Niskanen

Marc Andre Fleury

The Canadiens probables:

Rene Bourque - Tomas Plekanec - Mike Blunden
Travis Moen - Lars Eller - Andrei Kostitsyn
Erik Cole - David Desharnais - Max Pacioretty
Mathieu Darche - Scott Gomez

Josh Gorges - PK Subban
Hall Gill - Yannick Weber
Alexei Emelin - Raphael Diaz
Tomas Kaberle

Peter Budaj

The stats:

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