We've been waiting forever to say this and now we finally can, "It's a Hockey Night in Pittsburgh." Tonight, for the first time since May 7th, the Penguins (0-0-0) will play a meaningful hockey game at PPG Paints Arena. It just so happens the last time the Penguins were in this building, they were eliminated in six games by the eventual Stanley Cup champion, Washington Capitals. Tonight, they'll get their first chance at revenge. The Capitals (1-0-0) are coming off 7-0 win last night against an absolutely atrocious Boston Bruins squad.
Yeah, as a Penguin fan last night stung a bit. The Caps raised their Stanley Cup banner to the rafters (their first real banner in that arena), played "We are the Champions" by Queen, took pictures with the Cup (which they totally copied from us but it's cool, I'm not mad), and showed a tribute video summarizing their championship run. I was bitter for a good while, but then I realized something. Pending an appeal, which could come either today or tomorrow, we don't have to see that degenerate POS Tom Wilson running around trying to kill people. That's right, Tom Wilson was suspended 20 games by the Department of Player Safety which needless to say, laid the hammer down for the first time ever. Wilson, a repeat offender has now had four suspensions over the course of his last 105 games played. That is legitimately insane to think about and the league finally decided to make an example out of him.
Didn't see the hit? Check it out - Video via SPORTSNET.
Shifting gears, opening night is generally always a fun time for the Penguins and their fans. It's usually the only game all season where everyone is healthy so if you were dreaming of some of the ideal line combinations that have been mentioned, tonight's the night to watch. Come Saturday, half the lineup will probably be out due to injury, swine flu, or other medical issues. Speaking of injuries, defenseman Brian Dumoulin is a game-time decision after being injured in the final preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Dumoulin felt good yesterday apparently, so I'd expect him to play tonight. If he does not, you could get your first look at future Norris Trophy winner Juuso Riikola. Daniel Sprong is also expected to play tonight after missing a few days of practice with a lower-body injury.
As for the rest of the lineup:
***************** Annual gripe about how Scouting the Refs sucks*****************
Whatever you do, do not put the Capitals on the power play. Last night, the Caps converted on their first four power plays and finished the game going for 4/6. Damn.
Speaking of last night, Washington center Lars Eller was jumped by Brad Marchand. That was fun to watch. He didn't stand a chance.
I almost forgot, Barry Trotz no longer coaches the Caps. They're now led by former Pens Assistant Todd Reirden.
Sidney Crosby is entering his 14th season. Think about that. Feel old yet?
The Jack Johnson era begins tonight. Yes, he's still poor because his parents took all of his money.
As mentioned earlier, Washington scumbag and noted member of ISIS, Tom Wilson, has been suspended for 20 games. He'll miss two games against the Penguins and be back in the lineup for their third game on December 19th.
I'm so happy that Conor Sheary is no longer a Penguin.
Casey DeSmith is Matt Murray's official backup for this season, incase you didn't know.
Daniel Sprong is going to score a goal tonight.
Speaking of Sprong, I'm really looking forward to the Penguins being able to roll four solid lines. Tonight's fourth line could be Cullen-Sheahan-Sprong (left to right).
At this time last season, the fourth line was Wilson-Rowney-Reaves (LMAOOOO).
The Stripes section may or may not be updated prior to game-time.
Brooks Orpik sucks.
If you're reading this, follow us on Twitter @PensOfAnarchy. I guarantee you that we will not disappoint.
A new era.
Our goal song. RIP.
Do it. Lets Go Pens.
Old Posts from our site, heyyyyyfannnssss (4/11-2/15). Cute name, but impossible to remember.