Hellllooooooooo everyboddddddyyyy, how are yaaaaaaaa? Today the Penguins (39-23-9) look to make it four in a row when they host the struggling St. Louis Blues (36-27-7). Puck drop is set for just after 1pm on a beautiful St. Patrick's Day weekend Saturday.
Folks, the Penguins may have found their form. They've won three games in a row including a dominant 5-0 win at Buffalo Thursday night and have just one regulation loss over their last ten contests. Everyone seems to be playing well and to make things better, Kris Letang and Bryan Rust could return as early as this weekend. Sidney Crosby continues to do Sidney Crosby things. Since the All-Star Game, he's tallied 11 goals and 34 points including two assists at Buffalo Thursday.
The Blues on the other hand are a weird team. I was ready to write that they're a fringe team and as per usual will struggle come playoff time (if they make it) so on and so forth. I've come to discover that St. Louis was 12-1-1 during the month of February, which is really good. So far in March, they're 2-4-1 and have lost two straight including their most recent game Thursday to the Ottawa Senators. The Penguins may have lost to the Senators but at that time, the Sens still had Mark Stone and Matt Murray was playing like horse feces. That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it. Nonetheless, St. Louis has struggled recently. It certainly doesn't help that their star forward Vladimir Tarasenko is out with an upper-body injury. He'll be re-evaluated sometime next week but honestly the Penguins don't play them again so I really don't care.
Expect Jordan Binnington (???) to oppose Matt Murray in goal today.
Expect both teams to suck for probably the duration of the game. Day time hockey seems to bore the Penguins.
Green warmup jerseys. Let's gooooo.
Honestly, it's Saint Patrick's Day weekend. Go out, drink green beer and get loaded.
The Penguins will hold a pregame ceremony today to commemorate Evgeni Malkin's 1,000 point milestone. He tallied his 1,000th point Tuesday against the Caps.
The Penguins have converted on 5 of their last 8 power plays. That's really good. Don't look for that to continue.
Actually never mind, the Penguins last played the Blues back on December 29th in St. Louis and went a perfect 4/4 on the power play in a 6-1 win. Expect 69 power play goals today.
The Blues are 5-0-1 in their last six games at PPG Paints Arena. Never forget when they ruined banner night last year.
Zach Aston-Reese is out 'longer-term' per Mike Sullivan. He is expected to play again this season, whatever the hell that means.
Speaking of being out, former Penguin David Perron is out with a concussion.
Letang and Rust could return today, if not tomorrow against the scumbag Flyers.
Good thing there's no Tim Hortons around here for our safety. Never forget when Ryan O'Reilly drunk drove through one.