9:00 p.m., Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Late game on a Saturday night is a little different but I guess that is what you get when you have to go to Colorado. The Avalanche are fighting for a playoff spot as they are on the outside looking in as of right now. The Avalanche enter the game with 70 points which is three behind the eight spot which is currently being held by Dallas who the Penguins defeated in a shootout.
The Penguins are looking to continue a hot streak where they have their last four contests and are 7-2-1 in the last 10 games. The Avalanche are also playing some pretty decent hockey as of late as they are 6-3-1 in the last 10. They had a four game winning streak going where they scored at least four goals in each of the games but that was halted on Thursday when the Columbus Blue Jackets blanked them 2-0.
The Penguins enter the game tied for sixth in the entire league with a +36 goal differential and are only one of six teams in the entire Eastern Conference that have a positive goal differential. The Avalanche are -7 in that category.
This will be the first game the Penguins will play without Kris Letang but the Penguins got soem good news in regards to Steve Sullivan who will suit up tonight. Sullivan had a "lower body injury" but was able to get the past couple of days off and said that it did a world of difference and that he is good to go for tonight.
Letang's status is still a little weird. It did come out that he has been having concussion like symptoms. I have no idea what that really means because to me that means he has a concussion. This would be Letang's second concussion of the year but the word coming out of Penguins camp is that the symptoms are not very serious and minor. We heard the same thing about Crosby but I am not sure how much we can really take this as truth. The bottom line is that if Letang misses considerable time, which is a very real possibility, then the Penguins are going to struggle. Outside of Marc Andre Fleury this is probably the most important player on team.
The season series (Penguins lead 1-0):
November 15, 2011 - Pittsburgh 6, Colorado 3
The Penguins probables (via Empty Netters):
Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Steve Sullivan - Jordan Staal - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Joe Vitale - Richard Park
Eric Tangradi - Craig Adams - Arron Asham
Deryk Engelland - Paul Martin
Zbynek Michalek - Brooks Orpik
Matt Niskanen - Ben Lovejoy
Marc Andre Fleury
The Avalanche probables (via Empty Netters):
Matt Duchene - Paul Statsny - Milan Hejduk
Gabriel Landeskog - Ryan O'Reilly - Steve Downie
David Jones - Mark Olver - Jamie McGinn
Cody McLeod - Jay McClement - Peter Mueller
Jan Hejda - Ryan Wilson
Shane O'Brien - Erik Johnson
Matt Hunwick - Stefan Elliott