Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 59: Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens (32-21-7) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (40-15-3)
ROOT, TSN-HABS, RDS – 7:00 pm/et 
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back. Sidney Crosby, Jussi Jokinen, Evgeni Malkin, Dan Bylsma and everyone else are all back on the same team again. Has the Olympic break given the team the rest it needs or has it made them rusty? We'll see tonight!


Leading Scorers:

Penguins: Sidney Crosby (28G, 50A: 78P)
Canadiens: P.K. Subban (8G, 31A: 39P)

Probable Starting Goaltenders:

Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (31-13-2, 2.23 GAA, .919 Sv% )
Canadiens: Peter Budaj (6-4-2, 1.97 GAA, .927 Sv%)

Last Games:

Penguins: Lost to New York Rangers 4-3 [SO].
Canadiens: Lost to Detroit Red Wings 2-1 [OT].

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

Line Combinations & Notes: Back At It

Opposition Blog: [Eyes on the Prize]
What They're Saying: "Canadiens vs Penguins Preview"

In their quest to avenge some pre-Olympic defeats, the Canadiens are 0 for 1. Now, they're faced with a much greater challenge.

Sidney Crosby and Co. ran rampant over the Habs in mid-January. Close game possession is near-useless measure of that Penguins-Canadiens game, as Pittsburgh cracked the game open and ran away with it before Montreal knew what hit them. With two superstar offensive players, and a couple of other top-notch scoring wingers, the Penguins have more firepower than Montreal can defend with their current lineup configuration. In seasons past, the Habs might have lined up a couple of capable units and spread out to match-up with players like Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, and Chris Kunitz. Unless there's a serious change of philosophy, it's difficult to imagine how Michel Therrien might accomplish that tonight.

What Happened Last Time:January 22, 2014 – Pens won 5-1 [Our Recap]

Every week, the Pittsburgh Police Department posts their police blotter. Somewhere on it this week will be the Montreal Canadiens for impersonating a hockey team. P.K. Subban took two penalties, Andrei Markov played defense in slow motion, and Carey Price had the reflexes of a disabled mutant. The Penguins used a three-goal second period to pull away and win 5-1. It was a great response after a terrible performance on Monday.

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Sidney Crosby. Fresh of a big Olympics, how will he do?

Canadiens Player(s) to Watch: P.K. Subban. Fresh off of sitting in press box during the Olympics, how will he do?

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: 

Will they reach each other tonight?