Pittsburgh Penguins (40-15-4) @ Chicago Blackhawks (35-12-14)
NBC – 8:00 pm/et
Soldier Field – Chicago, IL
Sidney Crosby versus Jonathan Toews. Evgeni Malkin versus Patrick Kane. Craig Adams versus Ben Smith. The Pittsburgh Penguins versus the Chicago Blackhawks. It's the NHL Stadium Series outside.
Here's the weather report in Chicago.
STATS, INFO & NOTES:
Penguins: Sidney Crosby (29G, 51A: 80P)
Blackhawks: Patrick Kane (27G, 36A: 63P)
Probable Starting Goaltenders:
Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (31-13-3, 2.29 GAA, .917 Sv% )
Blackhawks: Corey Crawford (22-10-10, 2.35 GAA, .916 Sv%)
Penguins: Lost to Montreal Canadiens 6-5 [SO].
Blackhawks: Lost to New York Rangers 2-1.
Line Combinations & Notes: Stadium Series Game in Chicago
The game would be special with Toews and Crosby facing each other for the first time in the NHL, but having that come about during an outdoor game should make this event even better. Enjoy the game!
What Happened Last Time:December 20, 2011 – Pens won 3-2 [Our Recap]
So what is it? Are the Penguins so good that they can be missing like $20 million in salary and go out and beat the number-one team in the NHL? Are the Penguins so whatev that a number-one team like the Blackhawks are so overconfident that they lose the game before it is even played?
Absolutely no clue. This year has been so utterly bizarre that trying to figure anything out isn't worth it. How would you provide analysis on this game? The Penguins got off to a 3-0 lead, Chicago was like oh shit, they came storming back, hit a few posts, time ran out. Peace.
And it's no surprise Evgeni Malkin is dominating right now. The signs have been there all season. After missing the time he did, there were going to be some hiccups. But because of his training and the fact he is better than almost everybody, this was going to happen.
Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Sidney Crosby. Why not?
Blackhawks Player(s) to Watch: Jonathan Toews. Why not?
Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: