7:30 PM

Mellon Arena

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The USS Hal Gill returns to the Igloo tonight.


Gill was one of the reasons the Pittsburgh Penguins held the Stanley Cup over their heads last season.


He was also the inspiration for a lot of great Photoshops and signage.

Tonight, when he steps onto the ice, stand up and show him the respect he deserves.
The man should hear applause from the Igloo faithful one more time.

But, once the puck drops, he's an enemy.

To Habs fans, signing Gill was a huge deal.
Four riots break out every time he touches the puck.

Seriously, look up "Montreal Riot" on YouTube.
There's about 17 weeks worth of footage from numerous different occasions over the years.


The other big news tonight is that Tyler Kennedy will sit out with an undisclosed injury.

Chris Bourque will dress in his place.

Pascal Dupuis, who had the flu, will play.

The Pens lines and more after the jump.



According to the Penguins website, Bourque will play alongside Malkin and Fedotenko on the second line tonight.

Here's the rest of the line combinations:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Bill Guerin
Chris BourqueEvgeni MalkinRuslan Fedotenko
Matt Cooke – Jordan Staal – Craig Adams
Pascal Dupuis – Mike Rupp – Eric Godard

Brooks Orpik – Alex Goligoski
Mark Eaton – Kris Letang
Jay McKee – Martin Skoula

Marc-Andre Fleury

How will Bourque do riding with Malkin?



The Habs lines:

Mike Cammalleri – Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta
Guillaume Latendresse – Glen Metropolit – Matt D'Agostini
Andrei Kostitsyn – Maxim Lapierre – Gregory Stewart
Max Pacioretty – Kyle Chipchura – Travis Moen

Roman HamrlikJaroslav Spacek
Hal Gill – Josh Gorges
Marc-Andre Bergeron – Paul Mara

Jaroslav Halak

Scott Gomez is a game-time decision.

How do the Habs have two players named "Jaroslav" on their roster?



Quintin Laing of the Capitals has swine flu.


Simon Gagne of the Flyers has been placed on the long-term injury list.

In an absolutely shocking turn of events, Marian Gaborik is injured.
He won't play tonight and his leg injury may cause him to miss the Rangers' visit to Minnesota.


Is high-definition television making hockey more popular?

While the NHL has built a national U.S. footprint that includes hockey-tepid cities across the sunbelt, major U.S. broadcast deals still haven't come.

And without the billions of dollars in revenues that come with a major TV deal, the league is left to contend with financial basket cases in cities such as Phoenix, Florida and Nashville, which have no cultural connection to hockey.

Many Americans complain the game doesn't translate well onto a television screen where the untrained hockey eye, unaccustomed to the flow of the world's fastest game, struggles to follow the puck.

"The brilliance of the picture makes it more authentic and no sport competes with the in-arena experience of hockey."

Here are a few examples of the difference between high-def and standard-def hockey:
[1] [2] [3] [4]

Will airing a game in high-definition make more people want to watch it?


For some reason, people are still talking about Chris Kunitz' "slump."
The Trib has this article and the Post-Gazette has this one.
The fact that someone wrote into the PG to say that "Chris Kunitz needs to start contributing" is confusing to say the least.

When Kunitz first came to the team last year we posted this:

There's no one more well-versed with the working of the Ducks than Earl Sleek from BATTLE OF CALIFORNIA.

"Short version: you'll like Kunitz — he's got everything but hands.
He may not be worth his money, but he's not far off."
Here is what Rudy Kelly, the Kings blogger from said BOC,
had to say about his rival's former player:

"Chris Kunitz is a pretty perfect fit for the Penguins. He's not that great offensively and mostly leeches off great players, but he's tough and he won't let anyone take liberties with his linemates. I think he has a lot of moral courage, as inappropriate as that sounds."

Earl Sleek City:
"He’s put his effort and points in, and generally has provided exactly what he’s provided before – speed, a willingness to shoot and hit, and an offensively complementary game. He might not be blessed with the best set of hands (I’m not convinced Kunitz picks corners when he shoots), and he’s not a guy who will necessarily carry a line, but put him with scorers and he will give them some space."


"He's got everything but hands"
"He's not that great offensively"
"He might not be blessed with the best set of hands"

Suddenly now people are concerned that he's not scoring?

Halak is making his fifth straight start and the Habs have won four in a row.
One of those wins came in a shootout.
The other two came in overtime.
They scored a total of 15 goals in those four games.


Do it.

Go Pens.