Hellllloooooooo everybodyyy...the Penguins (8-5-0) welcome Connor McJesus and the Edmonton Oilers (9-4-1)to town for afternoon matinee. Puck is scheduled to drop from PPG Paints Arena just after 1pm.
So the Penguins just scored again against the Flyers. Holy shit their goaltending situation is an absolute joke. I was told Carter Hart is the future but he's pretty terrible to be honest with you. In case you missed it, the Pens put up a touchdown against Philly Thursday, beating the bejesus out of them by a score of 7-1. Free Wendy's chili for all. Sidney Crosby led the charge tallying a goal and two assists. Per Seth Rorabaugh, Crosby now has 12 three-point performances against the Flyers throughout his career. That is legitimately incredible and to further expand on that stat, Sid has more two-point games against Philly (19) than he does one-point games (18). What a player. Crosby now has 102 points (42G, 60A) in 68 games against the Flyers. He's absolutely in their heads.
The Oilers, for once, are no joke. They enter play today sitting atop the Pacific Division with 19 points. They pretty much have two players on their entire team, though one could argue two and half with James Neal's recent resurgence. Entering today, Leon Draisaitl leads the club (and league) with 25 points (12G, 13A) in 14 games. McJesus sits right below him with 23 points (6G, 17A) so there's that. For perspective, following the Oilers top three of Draisaitl, McDavid, and Neal...the next closest player in points is a three way tie that involves Zack %$#@&*^ Kassian with 9 points.
The Oilers seem to be running with both Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen both splitting time in goal. Not sure which one to expect but they're both equally kinda terrible. Expect Matt Murray to start in goal for the Pens.
Third jerseys today.
The Penguins winning streak will either end today or Monday. They head to Boston to take on the B's Monday night. Pittsburgh hasn't won in Boston since the Revolutionary War.
Evgeni Malkin could return today. He's missed the last 12 games with a lower-body injury.
All indications point to Malkin playing...forward Sam Lafferty was reassigned to Wilkes-Barre and Malkin did practice with the top power play unit.
Yesterday, Malkin was activated from injured reserve so probably like every player to ever play under Mike Sullivan, he's listed as a 'game-time' decision.
If Malkin plays....*knocks on wood 69 times* does this mean that everyone is healthy for once?
Public Address Announcer Ryan Miller is a healthy scratch per the Penguins. Edmonton by 20 million.
Never forget when Sidney Crosby undressed the entire god damn Edmonton team last year in OT to win it.
Honestly, I wish McDavid was on a better team so he'd get more national exposure. Sucks he's rotting away in Edmonton.
Dominik Kahun might be good? He's slowly coming out of his early season funk. He has goals now in two straight games and tallied three points (1G, 2A) against the Flyers Thursday.