Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 45: Vancouver Canucks

Pittsburgh Penguins (31-12-1) @ Vancouver Canucks (23-13-8)
Root Sports, TSN – 10:00 pm/et 
Rogers Arena- Vancouver, BC

The Pens begin their trip across Western Canada with a game against the Canucks in Vancouver.


Leading Scorers:

Penguins: Sidney Crosby (23G, 40A: 63P)
Canucks: Henrik Sedin (9G, 30A: 39P)

Probable Starting Goaltenders:

Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (24-10-1, 2.23 GAA, .919 Sv%)
Canucks: Eddie Lack (7-3-2, 2.16 GAA, .923 Sv%)

Last Games:

Penguins: Defeated Winnipeg Jets 6-5.
Canucks: Lost to Anaheim Ducks 4-3 [OT].

Official Previews from Team Websites: [Penguins] [Canucks]

Opposition Blog: [Nucks Misconduct]
What They're Saying: "Slave To The Grind"

The Canucks' 4 game skid, in which they at least have a total of 2 points accounted for, has them in 7th spot in the Western Conference, 5 points up on Phoenix and Minnesota, 2 teams that aren't going to catch the Canucks anyway, right? Right? How's your faith these days? The green and blue gods are dragging you through the desert aren't they? Well the path through the sand doesn't get any easier.

Pittsburgh is the top dog team in the East and statistically sound if you look at the table above. They just got Malkin and Letang back last game in a 6-5 win over the Jets. That was the 5th time this season they have given up 5 goals. Not like it really matters though. I like that 12-9-1 road record of theirs though, it means the Canucks have a chance to take this one after that shitty trip in California. The Pens are 2-2 in their last 4 games on the road.

What Happened Last Time: October 19, 2013 – Pens won 4-3 in a shootout. [Our Recap]

These are the kind of games that remind us why we're hockey fans, even if the Penguins had lost. It was two heavyweights going toe to toe, trading punch for punch. It was the first big game the Pens have played this season, and they got the job done. With Fleury starting off the season 7-0, with Crosby on an absolute tear, with the Pens playing sound defense, and all this happening without Kris Letang and James Neal in the lineup, if you think things could be any better right now, you are high.

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Chris Kunitz because he's fresh off an Olympic selection.

Canucks Player(s) to Watch: Eddie Lack.

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: 

Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Daily Faceoff:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Brian Gibbons
Jussi Jokinen – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Tanner Glass – Brandon Sutter – Taylor Pyatt
Deryk Engelland – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams
Rob Scuderi – Kris Letang
Simon Despres – Brooks Orpik
Olli Maatta – Matt Niskanen
Marc-Andre Fleury

Vancouver Canucks lines from Daily Faceoff:

Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Mike Santorelli
Chris Higgins – Ryan Kesler – Zack Kassian
Benn Ferriero – Brad Richardson – Jannik Hansen
Tom Sestito – Zac Delpe – Darren Archibald

Chris Tanev – Dan Hamhuis
Kevin Bieksa – Frank Corrado
Jason Garrison – Yannick Weber

Eddie Lack