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Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins: 25-8-0 (last 10: 10-0-0!), 1st in East, 50 points
Montreal Canadiens: 20-6-5 (last 10: 7-2-1), 2nd in East, 45 points
One vs. two seed equals a short justification sentence.
The first and only time they’ve played so far was the start of the Penguins current run. Pitt won that game one touchdown to two field goals. …Seriously.
Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST
Need to know:
* You likely already know, but the Penguins have won 12 straight games.
* Last four starts for Carey Price against the Pens: 1-1-2 with a 3.90 GAA.
* Brenden Morrow will play his first game as a Penguin tonight.
* Pittsburgh has given up nine goals in their last eight games, and Marc-Andre Fleury has taken over the NHL lead in goalie wins.
Injuries (via NHL.com):
Kris Letang and Malkin will be game-time decisions for the Penguins. The Habs will be without Rene Bourque and Raphael Diaz, both recovering from concussions, and Brandon Prust is still out with a shoulder injury.
Montreal Canadiens: Carey Price (confirmed)
— Priyanta Emrith (@HabsInHighHeels) March 26, 2013
From DailyFaceoff.com: Price allowed just two goals on 18 shots but it was enough for him to be on the hook for the loss. He has the tough duty of trying to stop the Penguins winning streak tonight.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury will face the Canadiens tonight. #RDS
— Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) March 26, 2013
From DailyFaceoff.com: Fleury allowed one goal on 28 shots on Sunday, the win was his 10th straight. He has been fantastic this year because of how good the team has been in front of him.
What I’m looking forward to:
I’m actually really excited to see what Dan Bylsma does with the Penguins lines tonight. Evgeni Malkin is still out with an injury, but I still expect Morrow to be paired up with Neal, and possibly Sutter. That line would be a-okay at puck retrieval, I’m guessing.
Also I’m looking forward to seeing how the Penguins fare against their biggest (statistical) foe in their conference. I expect them to get more push-back from teams like Boston in the East come playoffs, but as far as the chase for the regular season conference title goes, the Habs are still hanging around.
I mentioned on the podcast that I like the Habs to end Pittsburgh’s streak tonight, but after a couple more hours of pondering, I just can’t make that prediction. I think Morrow will be out to impress Bylsma, and the Penguins will keep their winning streak going.
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