Helllllllooooooo everybodyyyyyyy, today the Penguins (30-20-7) look to make it three in a row when they welcome James Neal and the Pacific leading Calgary Flames to town (34-16-7). A rare afternoon matinee with puck drop set for just after 1pm.
That's right folks, for the first time in awhile the Penguins are looking to make it three straight wins. This will be no easy task though, considering the Flames are actually good this year. The Pens are coming off a 3-1 win Wednesday night against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. In the game, the Pens received goals from Bryan Rust, Teddy Blueger and Jared McCann. All things considered, the Penguins have managed to look good these past few hockey games.
The Penguins may have caught the Flames at a good time. Calgary is 0-2-2 over their last four games and is coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. The Flames have a good, solid young core consisting of Johnny Gaudreau (I refuse to call him Johnny Hockey because that's absolutely stupid), Sean Monahan, Matthew Tkachuk and Sam Bennett. Don't forget about former 40 goal scorer and avid coke user James Neal. Neal inked a five year, $28.75m deal with the Flames this past offseason. Calgary is lead by forward Johnny Gaudreau who has 78 points on the season (29g, 49a). Expect David Rittich to get the start in net because Mike Smith is absolutely terrible.
Some good news on the injury front for the Penguins (for once)...Justin Schultz was activated from injured reserve yesterday and could play today. Mike Sullivan had a toddler select the lines prior to puck drop so expect Tanner Pearson and Dominik Simon to be the odd guys out. Matt Murray is expected to start in goal for the Penguins.
Justin Schultz is expected back today after missing the last 53 games after fracturing his left leg against the Canadiens. He is listed as a 'game-time' decision.
The Pens are 13-5 over their last 18 games against a Pacific Division opponent.
Malkin said regarding his suspension that Raffl dove. To be honest, I don't know why Malkin isn't the captain. What a great leader.
Speaking of not great leaders, Mike Sullivan sucks. Why in God's name is Matt Cullen still in this lineup. I get the Simon / Pearson have sucked but scratching them ain't it.
Speaking of scratching, if Teddy Blueger ever sits again, Mike Sullivan should be fired on spot.
Expect Jack Johnson to remain in the lineup and for Juuso Riikola, who has played some good hockey as of late, to sit with Schultz due to return.
The last time these two teams met, the Penguins beat the holy hell out of the Flames by a score of 9-1 back on October 25th.
No idea what to expect today.
The Penguins play at almost the same time tomorrow against notorious piss-baby Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers.