Hellllloooooo everyboddyyyyyy, the Penguins (14-7-4) look to make it four wins in a row when they hit the road for two games beginning tonight in Columbus where they'll take on the Blue Jackets (10-10-4). Puck drop is just after 7pm from Nationwide Arena.
Welcome back folks, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. How about that game on Wednesday night, huh? If you missed it or happened to be drunk at the bar (we can't fault you) we'll briefly recap it for you:
The Penguins jumped out to an early two goal lead against the Canucks only to surrender the next four. Then in the third period they came out on cocaine and rallied from a three-goal deficit, scoring six goals in the frame to complete the amazing comeback and win 8-6. What a scene. Evgeni Malkin had himself a night, recording his first five-point game since 2012. Jake Guentzel also went off, tallying two goals and two assists which now gives him 11 points over his last 6 games. Crazy to think he's doing all that all without Sidney Crosby (sarcasm). You know who didn't have a good night? Matthew Murray. Dear lord this guy sucks right now. Murray was pulled in the second period after allowing 4 goals on just 14 shots and he is now winless over his last five starts. With that said, Tristan Jarry has won his last four starts and should see an increase in playing time while Murray tries to get his shit together. With this being the first of a back-to-back (the Penguins are in St. Louis tomorrow) you know both goalies will each get a game. At this point, just flip a damn coin.
The Blue Jackets will conclude their three-game home stand tonight. They're coming off a 3-2 loss on Wednesday to the scumbags from across the state (I feel like we've been saying this a lot lately) and the Penguins will be their second of three straight Metrosexual Division opponents. This will be the second meeting between these two clubs this season. If you recall, the Pens beat their ass in Pittsburgh last time by a score of 7-2. Jared McCann had two goals and an assist and Matt Murray actually got a win in net so you know it was a long time ago. CBJ is 6-3-1 at home against the Pens over their last 10 meetings so I'm sure tonight will be way harder than it has to be (that's what she said).
As mentioned, with both teams having back-to-backs this weekend (Columbus is on Long Island tomorrow...f&^% that place) both goalies will get a chance to play. That said, the Pens will turn to their number one goaltender tonight with Tristan Jarry while Joonas Korpisalo will go for CBJ. That likely means Murray will be in net tomorrow when they take on the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. Buckle up and play Gloria.
I still can't believe the Penguins overcame a three-goal deficit on Wednesday night.
John Marino had two assists last game and is currently riding a six-game point streak.
Per the Penguins because it's Black Friday and I'm too lazy to look up unique stats, Bryan Rust is tearing it up. He has 17 points (9G,8A) in 14 games this season.
The Pens have absolutely owned the Jackets lately and a 4-1-0 against them dating back to the start of last season.
The Blue Jackets are 5-4-1 over their last 10 games while the Pens are 6-1-3.
Per the Penguins, Evgeni Malkin passed the legend Jaromir Jagr for 2nd most five-point games in franchise history. He only trails Mario Lemieux by 43 games...
Phil Kessel comes to town next week and that's really all I care about.
It's Black Friday and nap time so I ran out of stuff.