Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 21: Anaheim Ducks

Anaheim Ducks (15-5-2) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (12-8-0)
ROOT, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS – 7:30 pm/et 
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA

Teemu Selanne makes what is likely his last appearance in Pittsburgh while Ben Lovejoy makes his first appearance in Pittsburgh as a member of he Ducks.

STATS, INFO & NOTES:

Leading Scorers:

Penguins: Sidney Crosby (9G, 16A: 25P)
Ducks: Corey Perry (12G, 11A: 23P)

Starting Goaltenders:

Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (11-6-0, 2.06 GAA, .918 Sv% )
Ducks: Viktor Fasth (2-1-1, 2.94 GAA, .885 Sv%)

Last Games:

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Penguins: Lost to New Jersey Devils 4-1.
Ducks: Lost to Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 [SO].

Previews from Team Websites:  [Penguins] [Ducks]

Lines and Notes: [Selanne's Pittsburgh Farewell]

Opposition Blog: [Anaheim Calling]
What They're Saying: "Ducks Flying Into Pittsburgh"

Puck possession will be the key to this game. The Penguins have enough high-end talent that, given the time and space of sustained pressure in the defensive end, will cause the team problems. After dropping three in a row, the best way to reestablish our game is to dominate the puck, dominate the chances, and frustrate the plans of the Pens, who try to play a possession-friendly game.

Given the talent on the opposing roster, I think it’s safe to say playing a clean game is an absolute must. Let’s not give players like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin extra time and space to work on a PP. When we are given chances on special teams – and I predict we’ll have a few – we need to capitalize on them, making even strength play that much easier. But this is a storyline that can be repeated in every game, so nothing new here.

What Happened Last Time: February 15, 2012 – Pens lost 2-1 [Our Recap]

We're quick to change moods after the minor disappointments in life. The Pens lost. Nothing you can do about that. If the Pens were destined to lose this game, we're glad it was Teemu. What a professional athlete.

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Beau Bennett, who will be on the top line alongside Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz.

Ducks Player(s) to Watch: Teemu Selanne, because, come on, he's Teemu Selanne.

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: 

 

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