Following a thrilling 7-6 overtime victory Thursday against the Tom Wilson-less Washington Capitals, the Penguins will look to make it two in a row when the god awful Montreal Canadiens come to town tonight with puck drop scheduled for just after 7:00PM from PPG Paints Arena.
The Penguins managed to put up seven goals in their Opening Night performance, led by defenseman Kris Letang (we're just as stunned as you are) who recorded two goals and one assist including the overtime winner. Despite giving up six goals, the Penguins actually look pretty good out there. Derick Brassard scored a goal in game one of his redemption tour. Brassard, who many had already given up on because they liked Ian Cole more last year, is going to do wonders in Pittsburgh and he's just getting started.
The Canadiens actually stunned a lot of folks on Wednesday, losing their opening game to the Maple Leafs only by a score of 3 to 2 thanks to an Auston Matthews game-winner one minute into the overtime frame. The Canadiens hung with the Leafs most of the game and even outshot them 36 to 26 and controlled much of the play. The Habs are a rebuild in the making and currently do not have any forwards over the age of 30 in their lineup (unless Tomas Plekanec plays tonight) . They also sat defenseman Karl Alzner who recently signed a five-year deal last offseason in favor of younger defensive options. To be honest, since Max Pacioretty was dealt to the Vegas Golden Knights last month, I really only know like three players on the Habs. One of them, goaltender Carey Price, is expected to start in goal tonight.
The Penguins lineup should be the same with Murray getting the nod in goal again.
In case you didn't know, Tom Wilson is still suspended.
He did file an appeal but F him and his appeal.
Jeff Jimerson singing 'O Canada' is the equivalent to sex and we get that tonight. Let's gooooo.
The season is young but both Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang are tied for the team lead in points with 3.
Max Domi is going to jump someone tonight like he did Ekblad in Florida and I'm not going to be happy about it.
Shea Weber is the new captain of the Canadiens but since he's old and sucks, we won't see him for like 5 months because he's recovering from surgery on his knee.
The Penguins had seven players record at least two or more points against Washington Thursday.
Matt Murray wasn't nearly as sharp as he saved 30 of the 36 shots he faced, which is good for a save percentage of 83.33%.
With Letang's overtime goal Thursday, he tied Paul Coffey for most points for a Penguins defenseman in franchise history with 440.
Apparently the Habs have a really fast center on their team named Jesperi Kotkaniemi and apparently he might be good, so that's something to watch for.