Helllllooooooooo everyboddyyyyyy, tonight the Penguins (25-12-5) kick off their annual west coast trip starting against the best goalie to ever play the game and the Las Vegas Golden Knights (24-15-6). It's a late one, with puck not scheduled to drop until just after 10PM.
*Insert generic quote about Vegas from The Hangover movies*. Welcome folks, following a 4-1 crap loss to the Florida Panthers on Sunday afternoon, the Pens hit Vegas for the first of three games that will also include stops in Colorado and Arizona before returning home to play the Wild next Tuesday. Sidney Crosby is accompanying the Pens on this trip, however, there is no word on if he'll play tonight (or any of these upcoming games for that matter).
Much like Vegas itself, the Knights enter this game hot. They've now won four straight games including their most recent one against the Blues at home Saturday by a score of 5-4, thanks to Chandler Stevenson's overtime winner. Over their last ten games, the Knights are 7-2-1 and currently sit atop the Pacific Division with 54 points. Vegas is led by winger Max Pacioretty, who has 43 points in 45 games (18G, 25A) and of course, Marc-Andre Fleury!
Speaking of Fleury, expect him to be in goal tonight. He just keeps racking up the wins and has 456 for his career, which is just two behind Henrik Lundqvist for fifth all-time. Realistically, he could get to at least third all-time which is currently held by Roberto Luongo with 489. Since 2003-2004, Fleury has also lead the league in smiles:60 which is definitely hard to do. For the Pens, expect Tristan Jarry between the pipes because a.) Mike Sullivan would never start Murray against Fleury and b.) Jarry is the starting goaltender right now (and hopefully for the foreseeable future).
I miss Ryan Reaves. Realistically, no one on the Penguins is tough and fighting Reaves would be an absolute death wish.
Sadly, the Pens won't face VGK again this year. They were shutout back on home ice in October by MAF and company.
Per research, the Pens haven't won in Vegas and are 0-2-0, however, they are 5-1 over their last 6 on the road.
The Penguins are 11-3-1 over their last 15 games. Pretty sure that's good.
Milestone watch: Mike Sullivan, who ran Phil Kessel out of town, (199) is one win away from becoming the third Penguins head coach to reach 200 wins.
Thomas Di Pauli was sent back down to the AHL. Andrew Agozzino (sounds like something you'd order at Olive Garden) was recalled.
Per USA Today (because I wanted to fill more space), the Knights are 7-0 over their last 7 games on a Tuesday. So don't even bother watching this one unless you're just here for Fleury's smile like I am.
Never forget when the Pens stole Jarome Iginla in the middle of the night, only to play him on the wrong wing. Dan Bylsma sucks.
The Predators hired John Hynes to be their head coach LMAOOOOOOOO HAHAHAHAHAHA.