Mellon Arena

The Leafs are always annoying to play against.
No matter what year it is, they manage to blow the Pens out at least once a season.

It's games against the Maple Leafs that lead to heart attacks, suspensions, and Michel Therrien losing his job.

It's going to be even worse this year.
Brian Burke has ratcheted up the intensity and filled his team with players that would rather start a fight or deliver a big hit than score a goal.

And the fact that it's preseason doesn't mean they won't play rough.

In their game yesterday against the Flyers, the Leafs had four fighting majors and a misconduct penalty.
On Wednesday against the Bruins they also had four fighting majors.

The Pens had two fights against Columbus.

It's not gonna be pretty.


Tonight's line-up for the Pens:

Luca CaputiEvgeni Malkin – Tyler Kennedy
Matt Cooke – Wyatt Smith – Bill Guerin
Konstantin Pushkarev – Craig Adams- Nick Johnson
Paul Bissonnette – Mike Rupp – Tim Wallace

Alex Goligoski – Nate Guenin
Chris Lee – Kris Letang
Brooks Orpik – Ben Lovejoy

Marc-Andre Fleury
Brent Johnson

No Crosby.
Caputi and Kennedy on a line with Malkin.
Bisonnette and Rupp should be able to handle the Leafs if needed.


The Leafs lineup.

Viktor Stalberg – Matt Stajan – Robert Slaney
Jason Blake – Jason Allison – Jiri Tlusty
Alex Foster – Tim Brent – Bill Thomas
Jamal Mayers – John Mitchell – Darryl Boyce
*Kyle Rogers may play

Garnet Exelby – Ian White
Jeff Finger – Juraj Mikus
Carl Gunnarson – Andy Rogers

Joey MacDonald
James Reimer
Bill Thomas is back in the building.


Another terrible moment in Leafs/Pens history:

We still remember cringing as that puck went in.

The Leafs somehow find a way to make things difficult for the Penguins at least once a year.


The Pens have posted a great shot of the inside of the Consol Energy Center on their site:

The Penguins fill-in PA announcer, Ryan Mill, has his own website.
There's clips of him announcing for NBC on there.

If anyone wants to work for the Pens, they're hiring a "Part-Time Game Night Premium Seating Concierge."

The Pens filmed part of their pregame video today:

Niklas Kronwall and Chris Pronger heard the phrase "headshot day" and got excited.


"I think if you look at Serena Williams, she'll take full responsibility for what she did. She probably did something she regrets. Kanye West … did something he regrets… When you're talking about the handshake, I did absolutely nothing wrong there."

— Sidney Crosby

"I think Kris Draper needs to get a life, honestly."

— Craig Adams

Both quotes from the Trib.



The game will be shown on LeafsTV and the Leafs official site, but you can probably only watch that if you're in Southern Ontario.
You can also listen on The X or the Penguins website.


Sticking with the 80s cartoon theme for now.
(There's a Jonas "The Monster" Gustavsson reference in there somewhere, but we're not sure what it is.)

Do it.

Go Pens.