Hi. Remember us. We're baaaack. Remember hockey? Remember playoff hockey?? It's back too and tonight the Pittsburgh Penguins begin their journey for the Stanley Cup in Game One of a best of five series against the Montreal Canadiens. You might be thinking to yourself..."Best of 5? Isn't it best of 7?" Well things are a little bit different this year for those of you who haven't been paying attention or you were too busy complaining about wearing a mask. This year the playoffs are 24 teams (just so Chicago and Montreal could make it), the top four teams in each conference play a round robin against each other to determine seeding, the remaining teams then play a best of 3 series to determine the rest of the field. If you're confused don't worry. We are pretty sure the NHL made this as complicated as possible on purpose. Regardless the Penguins will be taking on Montreal tonight at 8 p.m.
The Penguins went 2-1-0 against Montreal this year. Please don't ask us to recap any of them. Those games were approximately 3427 years ago. The last game the Penguins played (Other than the exhibition against the Flyers on Tuesday) was way back on March 10th when the beat New Jersey.
The Penguins finished the year with a 40-23-6 record and at the time of the pause in the season were in 3rd place in the Metrosexual Division. Montreal finished the season 31-31-9, which was good for fifth in the Atlantic or 12th in the Eastern Conference and ten points out of a playoff spot. I literally cannot tell you a single thing about Montreal from this season. The one thing I can tell you is that Brenden Gallagher is still a piece of shit. Other than that ask google.
The long layoff was quite honestly a gift, wrapped with a bow, and given to the Penguins on a golden platter, delivered by two unicorns. This layoff not only let the Penguins as a collective team heal their bumps and bruises and whatever else was going on with them, but it also gave Jake Guentzel unlimited time to heal his shoulder injury he suffered in December? Maybe? I don't remember when it was, all I know was had things not paused the Penguins would have needed to get to the conference or Stanley Cup Finals to even think about him returning to the line up. Now since we haven't played hockey in 68935 days Jake Guentzel is back and healthy and on a line with Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary.
This is a series that the Penguins should easily win but at the same time it is the perfect recipe for absolutions disaster. All it take is Carey Price getting hot and Matt Murray being well the Matt Murray we've seen post 2017. The Penguins have infinitely more firepower than Montreal. Their blue line is also significantly better than Montreal's. On paper, the Penguins should breeze through this series in three games. But we've watched the Penguins long enough to know that they love playing down to their opponent and giving teams more of a chance than they should have. That being said, as easy as this series could be Penguins in three, it could also be Canadiens in five. It is going to come down to the men between the pipes. Carey Price vs Matt Murray. If Murray is the typical inconsistent Matt Murray that we've seen for the last three seasons, the Pens could be in real trouble especially if Carey Price is on his game. Or, Matt Murray could have magically found his game again, and the Penguins could breeze through this series with the Habs. Update: Murray will start Game One. Fasten your seatbelts.
This games is being played in Toronto so that is fun.
Murray vs Price
Jake Guentzel is back so that is also fun.
Sidney Crosby was injured during a scrimmage in the Penguins second training camp leading up to the playoffs. He played on Tuesday vs the Flyers so expect him to be ready to go.
Speaking of Sidney Crosby. He just had four months to rest. Watch the hell out.
Brenden Gallagher is a scumbag.
Name 10 Canadiens without looking. You can't. If you can, you are lying.
Evgeni Malkin turned 34 yesterday. You are old, admit it.
Wear a mask, bitch.
Old Posts from our site, heyyyyyfannnssss (4/11-2/15). Cute name, but impossible to remember.