The NHL resumes play tonight following the All-Star break. Sidney Crosby captained his Metropolitan Division team to victory over the Pacific Division. Flyer's forward Wayne Simmonds was named MVP of the All-Star game and I know you're mad. Either way, tonight the fun starts. Maybe we'll start caring about games a little more, considering after the All-Star break everything tightens up, the trade deadline happens, and teams begin to get hot and cold. Who are we kidding, we're still basking in our Stanley Cup victory from last year.
Tonight, James Neal and the Nashville Predators come to town. The Predators are 7-1-1 in their last nine games and currently sit in third place in the Central Division. This will be the last meeting between these two clubs this season. The Penguins were absolutely obliterated down in Nashville earlier this year, losing 5-1.
Don't look now, but the Penguins are getting healthier. Matt Cullen and Evgeni Malkin skated this morning. Head Coach Mike Sullivan said regarding Malkin, "He's making significant progress. We're hoping he's able to get on the ice soon but we're encouraged with where he's at." Kris Letang could also be back tonight, as he's said to be a game-time decision.
The Penguins recalled forward Carter Rowney from Wilkes-Barre, who I thought they never sent down in all honesty. Rowney, 27 could make his NHL debut tonight. If you missed our scouting report on Carter Rowney, here it is from our @PensOfAnarchy minor league scout, Matt Brower (@Browthekid): "Rowney is 6'2 200lbs and can play wing as well as center. He is a decent skater with a right hand shot, plays 200 ft hockey, can grind if need be, and most importantly he finishes his checks." Matt Brower's source includes playing endless seasons of GM Mode on NHL 17, needless to say we really do trust his analysis.
*Stripes will be updated closer to game time tonight, probably not but yeah.*
Marc-Andre Fleury will continue to rot on the bench tonight, even though Matt Murray has lost the last two games.
When the Penguins say "game-time decision," 99.69% of the time, the player plays. Look for Kris Letang to return tonight.
Evgeni Malkin was left off some phony Top 100 NHL Players list and everyone is mad.
The worst part about that is that it made 93.7 'The Fan' talk about hockey for a brief second. Here's a highlight of what you missed:
Seriously though, that list was absolute trash. Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews over Malkin, lmao.
Harry Zoldjfajksfjkasjkdfjadkjck plays for Nashville? Who knew. He played for the Penguins for roughly .69 seconds.
The Penguins are 7-2 in their last 9 games against Nashville.
If the Penguins lose tonight, they'll finish January going 5-6.
The Predators will be without All-Star defenseman Roman Josi and two random players.
I don't know what else to write.
Do the thing.
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