Hellllllooooooooo everybodddddyyyy, how are yaaaaaaa? Tonight the Penguins conclude their four game road trip against a team they have yet to beat all season, the Montreal Canadiens. Puck drop is set for just after 7pm from Centre Bell.
Well folks, I don't believe in 'must win' games that often but this surely seems like one that the Penguins MUST win. The Pens lost to Buffalo in overtime (again) last night, this time by a score of 4-3. The Penguins, as per usual, ran into a hot goalie again. This time Linus Ullmark (who?) made 41 saves on 44 shots on a night that the Penguins could have realistically won by 18 goals had they finished all their chances. Of course, Conor Sheary would go on to score the game winner. The ending was quite controversial though as it appeared the Sabres entered the Penguins zone offside. Somehow (don't use your fancy NHL logic with me) it was deemed that Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Dahlin maintained possession as he entered the zone. Take a look for yourself:
Yeah, not so sure about that. Dahlin had control of that puck the same way that I have control over my life.
Nonetheless, the Penguins find themselves in Montreal tonight in the second game of a back-to-back. The Pens are 0-1-1 against the Habs so far this season which includes a 5-1 loss way back on October 6th, a game in which Justin Schultz saw his leg bend more awkwardly than Crosby's hands in his pocket. The Penguins also lost 4-3 in a shootout later in the week. Montreal currently sits in the first wild card spot with 77 points. The Penguins are on the outside looking in with 75 points, so needless to say a win tonight would be ideal.
Expect Good Guy Casey DeSmith in goal vs Carey Price tonight.
In honor playing the Canadiens, I think I had poutine twice this week.
We get an authentic rendition of 'O Canada' tonight.
Apparently with Crosby's incredible goal from one knee last night, he tied Jagr for second place on the team's all-time scoring list with 439 goals.
Evgeni Malkin has 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists #NICE) over his last 12 games.
Nick Bjugstad has a laser of a shot when he actually decides to shoot the puck.
Speaking of lasers, one has to think Phil Kessel will eventually figure his shit out eventually right?
Erik Gudbranson looked solid in his Penguins debut and he hit someone very hard which made me happy.
Carey Price is 7-0-1 in his last eight home games. During this stretch, he's posted a .941 save percentage. Yes, that's good.
The Habs also enter this game having played last night, except they actually won, beating the New York Rangers by a score of 4-2.
I'm not too optimistic about this one. That said, these are the games the Penguins dominate.