Gameday 13 – Stars


8:30 PM
American Airlines Center
First things first, Malkin, Goligoski, Letang and Michalek are expected to play tonight.
Dupuis will miss the game as his wife is giving birth.
Talbot's got a mustache back.
We're not sure if it's Movember or shoot out related or just because Talbot wanted people to write about him.
As mentioned in the podcast, it's weird looking at the Stars line-up and not seeing Modano or Turco.
After starting the season with four straight wins, Dallas has lost three of their last four.
They're at the tail end of a long six game homestand right now.
They're also pretty much broke.
After witnessing what the Pens went through in their history, we're not about to make fun of a team's financial issues.
However, the Stars will likely need to borrow money from the NHL or find a new owner in order to stay in business.
They're averaging just under 14,000 fans per game right now and clearly in trouble money-wise.
Another troubling fact is that they have Gary Roberts at their disposal.
He's the Stars' player development consultant, and is responsible for working the team's young players.

Roberts has been in North Texas for the past week or so, working closely with Stars strength and conditioning coach J.J. McQueen on the training aspect of things, while also getting a chance to know the Stars players and their abilities.

We wouldn't be surprised if some of the team's weaker players end up dead.

We assume Brent Johnson will be in net tonight.

The Pens lines:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Mike Comrie
Matt Cooke – Evgeni Malkin – Tyler Kennedy
Max Talbot – Mark LetestuArron Asham
Mike Rupp – Craig Adams – Eric Godard

Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang
Paul Martin – Zbynek Michalek
Alex GoligoskiDeryk Engelland/Ben Lovejoy

Brent Johnson

Some strange lines there.
Completely guessing on the defense.
Stars lines from Hockey Utopia:

James Neal – Brad Richards – Loui Eriksson
Brenden Morrow – Mike Ribeiro – Jamie Benn
Tom Wandell – Steve Ott – Adam Burish
Brian Sutherby – Toby Petersen – Brandon Segal

Nicklas Grossman – Stephane Robidas
Mark Fistric – Trevor Daley
Karlis Skrastins – Matt Niskanen

Kari Lehtonen

Just discovered Hockey Utopia's line combinations page.
What a site.
It lists up-to-date line combinations for every team.

Suck it Derek.

Do It.
Go Pens.