Grab a Red Bull, snort some coke, or do whatever you need to do. We are in for a late one. The Penguins are in LA to take on the Kings for the 2nd and final time this season. Pittsburgh won the first meeting 5-4 in a shootout.
We could talk about that game, we could talk about how the Penguins have lost 3 in a row, we could talk about Sunday's game against the Caps. Truthfully none of that really matters. The team that played in those games is vastly different from the team that is about to play tonight. If you are unaware the Penguins made some deals.
First they traded a conditional third round pick to the San Jose Sharks for Patrick Marleau.
The other trade they made saw them bring Conor Sheary back to Pittsburgh along with forward Evan Rodrigues in exchange for Dominik Kahun.
Here is out expert analysis: The Marleau deal is either going to pay off big time or blow up in the Penguins face. It was a low risk deal with the potential for a massive reward.
It took us a while but we've (or at least I have) come around on bringing Sheary back as well as bringing in Evan Rodrigues. At first glance, it was disappointing to see Dominik Kahun go because he did show some real promise while he was here. But when you look at the big picture the Penguins are a better and deeper team today than they were Sunday against the Caps. It might not be a massive, glamorous trade, but the Penguins were never making that kind of trade on Monday anyway. Rodrigues and Sheary both add massive amounts of speed to the line up and apparently Rodrigues is a monster in the face-off dot. Plus, as of now, Dominik Simon is off the top line.
Patrick Marleau will wear #12 for the Penguins. Dominik Simon switches to #18.
Evan Rodrigues, acquired in the Sheary deal, made people mad by taking #9. Honestly, he's better than Dupuis.
Jarry (probably) vs Piss-baby Quick
The Kings are bad
Drew Doughty is also a baby
Conor Sheary fell down 5 times on his way to the rink today
If you're new around here Conor Sheary pronounces his last name "Sher-ee". We are going to pronounce it "Shear-ee" because 1 don't change your name pronunciation after you've been around for 3 years and 2 he played better when it was pronounced "Shear-ee"