Chicago Blackhawks (42-18-15) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (47-22-5)
NBCSN, RDS2 – 7:30 pm/et
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
The last time these teams met it was both pretty and not pretty. The snow falling at Soldier Field was pretty. The performance of the Pittsburgh Penguins was not. Brooks Orpik still has no idea where Jonathan Toews went.
STATS, INFO & NOTES:
Penguins: Sidney Crosby (34G, 63A: 97P)
Blackhawks: Patrick Sharp (31G, 41A: 72P)
Probable Starting Goaltenders:
Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (35-17-4, 2.35 GAA, .917 Sv% )
Blackhawks: Corey Crawford (29-14-10, 2.22 GAA, .918 Sv%)
Penguins: Defeated Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1.
Blackhawks: Lost to Ottawa Senators 5-3.
Opposition Blog: [Second City Hockey]
What They’re Saying: “Blackhawks @ Penguins, Game Day Numbers”
“41 : The number of shots on goal the Blackhawks have in overtime this season, but have yet to score a goal.
40 : The Penguins goal differential at home this year.
34 : The number of goals for both Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby, who play on the same line. The duo have combined for 30.4% of all the Penguins’ goals this year.
23.4 : The Penguins power play percentage, the second best in the NHL.
9 : The number of times the Penguins have lost by three or more goals this season, the Blackhawks have done it four times.
7-8-1 : The Penguins record since the Olympic break.
6-0-3 : The Penguins record versus the Blackhawks in their last nine games in Pittsburgh.
5 : The number of goals needed for Jonathan Toews for 200 in his career.
3 : The number of consecutive games the Penguins have lost on home ice.
.885 : The winning percentage for both teams when leading after the 1st period, tied for the NHL lead.”
What Happened Last Time:March 1, 2014 – Pens lost 5-1 [Our Recap]
“We can’t find any reason to hate the Blackhawks. And if you’re spewing hatred without having a legit reason, you’re getting close to jealousy territory. They are the model franchise in the league right now. They pounded the Penguins as professionally as you can. And Jonathan Toews rose to the challenge laid out by NBC’s marketing department. Just a business win for them, and a really shitty loss for the Penguins.”
Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Sidney Crosby. Will he let Toews show him up again?
Blackhawks Player(s) to Watch: Jonathan Toews. Another big game for him?
Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today’s Game:
Pittsburgh Penguins Lines from Penguins.NHL.com:
Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Lee Stempniak
Beau Bennett – Jussi Jokinen – James Neal
Taylor Pyatt – Brandon Sutter – Brian Gibbons
Tanner Glass – Craig Adams – Jayson Megna
Brooks Orpik - Robert Bortuzzo
Matt Nisknanen – Olli Maatta
Rob Scuderi - Deryk Engelland
Chicago Blackhawks Lines from Daily Faceoff:
Kris Versteeg – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa
Patrick Sharp – Michal Handzus – Andrew Shaw
Brandon Saad – Peter Regin – Matt Carey
Brandon Bollig – Marcus Kruger – Ben Smith
Duncan Keith – Brent Seabook
Johnny Oduya – Niklas Hjalmarsson
Nick Leddy – Sheldon Brookbank