Pittsburgh Penguins (41-17-4) @ Anaheim Ducks (43-17-6)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins face a big challenge as they head to Anaheim to play against Teemu Selanne and the top team in the NHL: the Anaheim Ducks.
It's the top team in the East versus the top team in the West, so it should be a good game. Also: Teemu. Did we mention Teemu?
STATS, INFO & NOTES:
Penguins: Sidney Crosby (29G, 54A: 83P)
Ducks: Ryan Getzlaf (29G, 39A: 68P)
Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (32-14-3, 2.32 GAA, .916 Sv% )
Ducks: Jonas Hiller (26-9-5, 2.29 GAA, .917 Sv%)
Penguins: Lost to San Jose Sharks 5-3.
Ducks: Lost to Montreal Canadiens 4-3 [SO].
After a lackluster showing against the Montreal Canadiens, the Anaheim Ducks will have Teemu Selanne back in the lineup to faceoff against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Keys to the Game: The penguins have dynamic players on offense. Stopping Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, James Neal, Jussi Jokinen and newly acquired Lee Stempniak will be a challenge for the entire team. There will be more than one line that the combination of Andrew Cogliano, Saku Koivu and Daniel Winnik can cover.
Luckily, Bruce Boudreau will have the last change to use when matching lines against Dan Bylsma. Now that the top line of Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Kyle Palmieri have had a game together, we should see better play from them. Selanne's return to the lineup should also solidify the lines, sending Luca Sbisa to the healthy scratch list or bottom pairing.
What Happened Last Time: November 18, 2013 – Pens won 3-1 [Our Recap]
For real, though, this was a fun game. And the Penguins actually scored three goals.
The story right now is Marc-Andre Fleury.
He may not make it past February at this pace, but he is playing some really good hockey.
Also, about Teemu Selanne. Is it true only a handful of people stood up and cheered during Selanne's video? If so, that's pretty rough. Selanne at age 43 has more talent in the socks under his bed than the Penguins currently do on their fourth line. What a player and what a career.
Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Sidney Crosby because, apparently, he's terrible now or something.
Ducks Player(s) to Watch: Teemu Selanne. No reason needed.
Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game:
Pittsburgh Penguins lines via Daily Faceoff:
Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Brian Gibbons
Jussi Jokinen – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Taylor Pyatt – Brandon Sutter – Lee Stempniak
Tanner Glass – Marcel Goc – Craig Adams
Rob Scuderi- Matt Niskanen
Anaheim Ducks lines via Daily Faceoff:
Kyle Palmieri – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Patrick Maroon – Nick Bonino – Jakob Silfverberg
Daniel Winnik – Saku Koivu – Andrew Cogliano
Matt Beleskey – Rickard Rakell – Teemu Selanne
Francois Beauchemin – Hampus Lindholm
No idea if those lines are actually accurate.