Following an impressive 3-2 win over the Oilers last night, the Penguins (8-5-1) took the short flight to Calgary to play game four of their Western Canada road trip tonight against the Flames (6-6-0). This will be the Penguins fourth set of back-to-back games and we're only 15 games in. Honestly, I debated writing a gameday today because, if you follow the Penguins, you know how they've done so far this season in the second of back-to-back games. I fully expect the Flames to be up 6-0 just three minutes into the game, but hey, we'll see.
Last night, the Penguins decided to play decent hockey again, pulling off a 3-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers. Seriously though, Matt Murray looked phenomenal, the defense also played well, which has been rare this season, and Crosby, Malkin, and Kessel all did their part as well.
Look at this pass from Maatta to spring Sidney Crosby, who winds up throwing an unreal pass to Conor Sheary to tie the game at two with just 21 seconds to go in the second period. What a play. GIF courtesy of @DKPghSports.
Following a mostly tight third period, look at this little pass by Phil the Thrill to Malkin to set up the game winner. Yeah, there were four Oilers there and he still found him. The Penguins finished the night going 2/4 on the power play and Sidney Crosby and Matt Murray combined to save the game at the end with some incredible saves, including a blocked shot by Crosby to essentially kill the clock. Unreal.
Will Justin Schultz and Matt Hunwick play tonight? Sullivan said they're both close, but who really knows. Also, tonight we could see the season debut of Penguins goalie, Tristan Jarry. So far this season with Wilkes-Barre, Jarry was 3-2 on the season with a 3.18 goals against average and a save percentage of .897. I'm fully expecting the Penguins to lose by double digits, if not triple digits. I almost wish Game Seven of the World Series was on tonight. Speaking of which, how 'bout those Astros? Doing it all for Hurricane Harvey. Speaking of floods, Calgary knows all too well about those. Look at the Saddledome back in 2013. Yikes.
Speaking of the Saddledome and the Flames, the Flames haven't played since Sunday when they beat the Washington Capitals 2-1. Johnny Gaudreau leads the team in points with 15 (3 goals, 12 assists), with forward Sean Monahan second with ten points (6 goals, 4 assists). I was pumped for this game until the news broke yesterday that Jaromir Jagr wouldn't be playing for the Flames. There's essentially no point to even play the Flames tonight, considering that was the only reason I was going to watch this game. I guess I'll watch to see if the Penguins can actually win the second of back-to-back games for the first time all season.
*Scouting the Refs doesn't have the stripes up yet (who would have guess that) so maybe we'll add them later*
No Jagr tonight, so who cares.
Lol Sidney Crosby is 4-0 in his career against Connor McDavid. What a player.
Speaking of McDavid, did you see his unreal pass to Draisaitl last night for a goal? Mother of God.
Expect Mike Smith vs Tristan Jarry tonight, no idea though.
The Penguins probably won't make any announcements regarding their lineup / goalies til after 5PM.
Wonder if Hagelin will be scratched in favor of Archibald again? TBH, I think Archibald looked good yesterday, so I don't really care.
I wonder if they have Moe's in Calgary?
Calgary is looking to win two in a row, so being that it's a second of back-to-backs for the Penguins, they'll have won two in a row by tonight.
Johnny Gaudreau is good at hockey.
Evgeni Malkin looked unreal last night, so look for him to take five penalties and look like garbage tonight.
Call of Duty comes out at midnight tonight. Cashhhh Us Insideeeee, How Bout Dahhhhh?
No idea what else to write.
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