There’s six games on the schedule for this fine Wednesday. Here’s three games we’ll be keeping a close eye on.
Maple Leafs vs. Penguins 7:30 PM ET
The undefeated Toronto Maple Leafs take their show to the brand spanking new Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The Penguins are looking to find their way offensively early this season, and last year’s co-winner of the Rocket Richard Trophy has no Gs in his first three games. Sidney Crosby has a history of lighting up the Maple Leafs, he had 6 goals in 4 games versus ‘Big Blue’ in 2009-10. The Penguins will be without defensemen Zbynek Michalek and Brooks Orpik when they hit the ice, Mike Comrie will also be watching this one from a way up in the rafters as he’s out, too.
Toronto will have Jonas Gustavsson in goal for his first start of the season. The Swedish “Monster” has a lot to prove this season, like, he’s not the next Tommy Soderstrom. The Leafs would normally be in tough against the power house Penguins, but a rash of injuries may swing the pendulum in favor of captain Dion Phaneuf and his motley crew. The Penguins’ faithful are hoping that a child didn’t curse their new home.
Predators vs. Blackhawks 8:30 PM ET
Chicago will be without the services of Niklas Hjalmarsson this evening as he sits out the first of two games for his hit on Buffalo’s Jason Pominville. The biggest news out of the Windy City today was the announcement that rookie netminder Corey Crawford will get the nod in goal over old man Marty Turco. Crawford was sharp in Buffalo on Monday, and Turco has looked like he’s yet to find comfort in Chicago’s crease. It’s early, don’t blow your wad yet.
Nashville is playing in just their second game thus far in this young season, and I don’t have much to tell you at this point other than I lurv Shea Weber and there’s (hopefully) some drinking going on at a bar called O’Charley’s in Tennessee.
Canucks vs. Ducks 10:00 PM ET
The lowly Anaheim Ducks have got to find a way to shoot pucks at the net before they can start scoring and winning hockey games. Vancouver’s revamped defense might not be the best opponent for the Ducks to try and win their first game against right now, but the Canucks haven’t exactly found their stride yet either. Vancouver is hoping to have Dan Hamhuis in the lineup, all signs are pointing to yes, as he’s nursing a sore groin.
In defense of Anaheim’s poor start, they’ve yet to play a home game. The pressure is on tonight for the Ducks to at least resemble a professional hockey team, but hey, the concessions at the Honda Center sound fantastic. Earl Sleek’s borrowed game day marketing post at Battle of California is a must-see for the nifty cartoons. Check it.