Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 15: Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets (5-7-0) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (10-4-0)
Root Sports, FS-O, RDS – 7:00 pm/et 
Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH

It'll be fun to see how many Pens fans will be in Columbus today.

We have no idea who's starting in net, by the way, but Zatkoff seems likely. McElhinney versus Zatkoff could be the least experienced goaltending battle in history.

STATS, INFO & NOTES:

Leading Scorers:

Penguins: Sidney Crosby (8G, 14A: 21P)
Blue Jackets: Marian Gaborik (5G, 5A: 10P)

Likely Starting Goaltenders:

Penguins: Jeff Zatkoff (0-2-0, 5.04 GAA, .818 Sv%)
Blue Jackets: Curtis McElhinney (1-0-0, 1.25 GAA, .926 Sv%)

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Last Games:

Penguins: Defeated Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2.
Blue Jackets: Lost to Pittsburgh Penguns 4-2.

Opposition Blog: [The Cannon]
What They're Saying: "A Division Rivalry Is Born"

Well, aside from four minutes of the second period, I thought it was actually a pretty even game. Sorta. Kinda. Maybe. Ah, hell, I don't know. At least we didn't have a line brawl and have to watch our backup goalie be a total punk.

Speaking of backup goalies, though, here's what we do know: Curtis McElhinney gets the start in goal, Nikita Nikitin is in on defense, though no word yet on who is sitting. No word yet on who gets the start in goal for the Penguins. It would be hard to sit Marc-Andre Fleury after the way he played last night, but just the same, the Penguins don't like to give him back-to-backs. The Pensburgh guys expect Jeff Zatkoff. We shall see.

What Happened Last Time: November 1, 2013 – Pens won 4-2. [Our Recap]

Really bizarre game. The Blue Jackets aren't as bad as the game seemed, but, really, try telling anyone that the Metro Division isn't the worst in hockey, and maybe all of organized sports, right now:

Regardless of that, you can't take away Marc-Andre Fleury's performance. He stole the game. The Blue Jackets had unlimited chances, and the Penguins’ offense basically hit four solo homers.

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Jeff Zatkoff, if he plays.

Blue Jackets Player(s) to Watch: Curtis McElhinney.

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: 

Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Daily Faceoff:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
Jussi Jokinen – Evgeni Malkin – Matt D'Agostini
Tanner Glass – Brandon Sutter – Jayson Megna
Dustin Jeffrey – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams
 
Brooks Orpik – Paul Martin
Matt Niskanen – Kris Letang
Olli Maatta – Robert Bortuzzo
 
Jeff Zatkoff?

Columbus Blue Jackets lines from Daily Faceoff:

Nick Foligno – Artem Anisimov – Marian Gaborik
Mark Letestu – Brandon Dubinsky – Cam Atkinson
Blake Comeau – Ryan Johansen – R.J. Umberger
Michael Chaput – Derek MacKenzie – Jared Boll
 
Jack Johnson – David Savard
Fedor Tyutin – Daulton Prout
Ryan Murray – James Wizniewski
 
Curtis McElhinney

 

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