The Penguins (20-12-6) will look to make it a season high six wins in a row when they take on the Minnesota Wild (18-16-3) in a New Years Eve matchup. We have a rare 6pm puck drop tonight so prepare yourselves accordingly.
This will be one of the shortest gamedays of the year because of the holiday and the fact that the Penguins have been playing well. Everyone and legit I mean everyone, is playing great hockey as of late. Hell, even Evgeni Malkin managed to score a goal last game. Sidney Crosby is still the best in the world, Kris Letang is having a Norris Trophy year so far, and since returning from injury Matt Murray has been on fire. Since his return on December 15th, Murray has gone a perfect 5-0 while saving 165 out of a possible 172 shots. Sources have confirmed that those numbers are pretty good.
The Wild, as per most Bruce Boudreau coached teams, are average at best but somehow they managed to beat the Jets in Winnipeg last game by a score of 3-1. Over the course of their last ten games, the Wild are 3-6-1 and honestly they're just kinda 'meh.' Minnesota is led by forward Mikael Granlund who has 36 points (11 goals, 25 assists) over 36 games played.
Expect Matt Murray vs Devan Dubnyk in net tonight.
Bryan Rust and Olli Maatta are day-to-day with lower-body injuries.
I am also day-to-day.
Matt Cullen returns home to Minnesota tonight. If the Penguins want to leave him there, I wouldn't be mad.
Honestly I plan to consume alcohol tonight to ring in the New Year. What about you?
Good to see Scouting the Refs is on their holiday break too. They haven't posted the stripes in two days.
The Penguins are 10-2-1 over their last 13 games and I feel like that's very good.
Sidney Crosby plays in his 900th career game tonight. That's right, we're old AF.