Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Penguins Game 43 Preview - vs. Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens

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

The Last Penguins Game:
April 13, 2013 - Pittsburgh 3, Florida 1 [Recap]

In a season where your favorite team is playing a game nearly every other day it makes it seem like a really long time when your team gets three days off. The Penguins last game took place on Friday and here we are on Wednesday waiting for a game. It seems like it has been forever since we all could watch the Penguins, but it hasn't. Tonight the Penguins start off a huge week where they will face off against Montreal tonight and Boston on Friday and both of those teams are really the other two contenders in the Eastern Conference as we head into the playoffs next month.

It looks as if Evgeni Malkin will not be playing tonight. At the time of writing this there hasn't been anything set in stone but I would be pretty surprised if he was in the lineup. Turns out that it probably is his shoulder and not sunburn as to why he missed the Tampa Bay game but whatever. The Penguins are going to miss his offensive production but they stil have a talented lineup going onto the ice for them.

The Penguins will not see the Habs top goaltender as they will start backup Peter Budaj. Carey Price was yanked from his last two starts and has looked rather horrible but hey, he's a Vezina candidate. On the season Budaj has appeared in 11 games with a 2.19 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.

PK Subban will most certainly get booed almost every time he touches the puck but he is far and away the most talented player on that team. He leads the team in points with 36 and will most likely win the Norris Trophy when the season is over. He runs the Habs power play which is clicking at better than 21% and while Montreal hasn't be playing great hockey Subban is really one of the best at the position.


Lineups

Pittsburgh (32-10-0)

Forwards
Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Jarome Iginla
Brenen Morrow - Jussi Jokinen - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Brandon Sutter - Tyler Kennedy
Tanner Glass - Craig Adams - Beau Bennett

Defense
Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Matt Niskanen - Douglas Murray
Mark Eaton - Deryk Engelland

Goaltender
Marc-Andre Fleury


Montreal (26-11-5) (via Penguins website)

Forwards
Rene Bourque - Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta
Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk - Lars Eller - Michael Ryder
Travis Moen - Jeff Halpern - Ryan White

Defense
Josh Gorges - PK Subban
Andrei Markov - Francis Bouillon
Nathan Beaulieu - Davis Drewiske

Goaltender
Peter Budaj


Season Series (Pittsburgh leads 2-0-0)

March 26 - Pittsburgh 1, Montreal 0

March 2 - Pittsburgh 7, Montreal 6 (OT) The Stats

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