Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 52: Dallas Stars

Pittsburgh Penguins (36-13-2) @ Dallas Stars (23-20-8)
ROOT, FS-SW – 8:00 pm/et 
American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX

James Neal, Matt Niskanen, Alex Goligoski. Repeat.


Leading Scorers:

Penguins: Sidney Crosby (27G, 45A: 72P)
Stars: Tyler Seguin (21G, 26A: 47P)

Probable Starting Goaltenders:

Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (28-11-1, 2.30 GAA, .916 Sv% )
Stars: Kari Lehtonen (19-14-8, 2.58 GAA, .916 Sv%)

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

Last Games:

Penguins: Defeated New York Islanders 6-4.
Stars: Defeated Toronto Maple Leafs 7-1.

Opposition Blog: [Defending Big D]
What They're Saying: "Gameday Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins @ Dallas Stars "

If the Stars want to play an up-and-down speed game the Penguins will be happy to oblige, but unlike the blundering Maple Leafs Thursday night, they'll not be as careless with the puck. They were undeterred by a two goal deficit against the Islanders on the road, on a back-to-back on Thursday night, defeating them 6-4 on 29 shots.

How Ruff chooses to combat them will be interesting, as his team isn't built to slow down and defense, and a track meet with the best would seem suicidal.

What Happened Last Time: February 29, 2012 – Pens won 4-3 [OT] [Our Recap]

Dupes got the shootout winner, MAF closed the door. But any excitement is tempered by the status of Kris Letang. After getting smoked in the first period, Letang did not return. Steve Sullivan was also hurt.

Great game, can't wait till Dallas is eliminated from the playoffs. What a cheap hockey team.

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: James Neal & Matt Niskanen. Duh.

Stars Player(s) to Watch: Alex Goligoski.

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: 

[Via Dallas Morning News]

Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Daily Faceoff:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Chuck Kobasew
Jussi Jokinen- Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Taylor Pyatt – Brandon Sutter – Jayson Megna
Tanner Glass – Andrew Ebbett – Craig Adams
Paul Martin – Brooks Orpik
Rob Scuderi – Kris Letang
Olli Maatta – Matt Niskanen
Marc-Andre Fleury

Dallas Stars lines from Daily Faceoff:

Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Ryan Garbutt
Erik Cole – Vernon Fiddler – Ray Whitney
Rich Peverley – Shawn Horcoff – Alex Chiasson
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn – Brenden Dillon
Aaron Rome – Sergei Gonchar
Kari Lehtonen