Hellllllooooooo everybodddddddyyy, howwwww are yaaaaaaa? The Penguins (37-23-9) look to build off their big win Sunday night against the Bruins when Tom Wilson and the scumbag Capitals (41-21-7) come to town. Puck drop is set for just after 7pm.
The Penguins came away with a big 4-2 win Sunday night against the real City of Champions. Entering Sunday's contest, Boston had points in 19 straight games and was 9-0-1 over their last ten so needless to say, that win was huge. You know what else is huge for the Penguins? Jake Guentzel. What. A. Player. Guentzel scored his 34th goal of the season Sunday and suddenly 40 seems like a legit possibility for the winger. Jim Rutherford continues to look like a genius with the play from Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann. Both players factored into the scoring Sunday night and believe it or not, McCann already has eight goals and 11 points as a member of the Penguins. It was a bold move by Mike Sullivan to go back to Matt Murray following a tough loss in Columbus the night before, but he did and my god did it pay off. Murray stopped 39 of the 41 shots he faced and improved to 23-11-3 on the season. Murray is now 4-1 over his last five starts and has only allowed eight goals during that stretch. He should honestly play every game for eternity if he continues to play this way.
Pittsburgh will see a familiar face on the opposing bench tonight. Carl Hagelin makes his return, this time as a member of the Washington Capitals. Hagelin was acquired from the Kings at the deadline for draft picks. Hagelin was known for his speed and penalty killing abilities and was a vital part of the Penguins back-to-back Cups. He'll get a tribute video and it will be well-deserved.
It's no secret that the Caps are good team. They enter tonight having won seven in a row and are 9-1 over their last ten games. They currently sit atop the Metrosexual Division with 89 points and will likely take the division title again this year. If the Pens win tonight, that'll be great and a huge win obviously but to be honest and maybe this is a little selfish of me, but if Erik Gudbranson puts Tom Wilson through a table, that will be a win in and of itself for me. Words cannot express how much I truly hate Tom Wilson. Nonetheless, this game is setting up to be an entertaining one.
Expect Braden Holtby vs Matt Murray tonight.
Third jerseys for the next to last time tonight.
Zach Aston-Reese suffered a lower-body injury Sunday against Boston. There's no timetable for his return and Joseph Blandisi was recalled on an emergency basis.
Expect Jared McCann to start the game alongside Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel.
Evgeni Malkin is still stuck on point 998. Can he just reach 1,000 tonight so I don't have to keep writing this?
Alexander Ovechkin is one point shy of 1,200 for his career, a feat that Sidney Crosby achieved back on March 5th against the Florida Panthers.
Matt Murray has started eight straight games and is 5-1-2 during that stretch with a .931 save percentage and a 2.22 goals against average. Yes, that's good.
The Penguins power play sorta sucks without 'Ris Letang. Yes, they scored a power play goal last game, but managed just three shots on five attempts. With Letang due to return soon, splitting him and Schultz up on separate units could work wonders.
#FreePOA - @PensOfAnarchy should be unsuspended around the second period, so follow along there.
Tom Wilson drinks pee.
Brooks Orpik may be worse than a traffic cone.
Old Posts from our site, heyyyyyfannnssss (4/11-2/15). Cute name, but impossible to remember.