Montreal Canadiens (17-21-8) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (25-17-4)
TV: ROOT, RDS, TSN-HABS, NHLN-US
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won four games in-a-row, but now they're playing back-to-back games in different cities and Montreal is in town. The Habs are pretty bad this year, but they're as annoying as always. The last time we saw them, they were trying to destroy Kris Letang. Letang returned to score the winning goal but then missed a great deal of time with a concussion.
Michael Cammalleri is gone from Montreal which makes us very happy. For the Pens, Jason Williams has been called up from WBS.
Season Series: 2-0-0 Penguins.
Last meeting that counted: November 26, 2011. Penguins won 4-3 [OT].
What we said in our recap:
But so much shit happened in this game, as is the norm when hockey is played in Montreal. The funny part is the Montreal media giving Letang the first star of the game. Probably the most unstable city in North America. The Pens are usually on the short end of calls in Montreal. And that still held true last night: a couple of no-goals, two missed headshots on Kris Letang, Subban allowed to kick players on the ice.
But what a win. Habs fans are probably gonna force Canadian Parliament to talk about the OT goal at their next big meeting. Calls like that are what fans deserve when they boo obvious penalty calls against the home team. These fans are supposed to be knowledgeable, but they really don't seem to know the game that well. Pens not going back to Montreal until February 7th.
Know Your Enemy: Habs Blog.
What they're saying:
If there is a team in the league that simply doesn’t care for the whining that goes on about the Montreal Canadiens injury problems this season – it’s the Pittsburgh Penguins. Obviously missing Sidney Crosby (who remains 12th on team scoring despite only playing 8 games this season) hurts. But the Penguins have also missed considerable time from Kris Letang, Jordan Stall and Tyler Kennedy. Through thick and thin, the Penguins remain in 6th place in the Eastern Conference – and look ever like the team that seems to now perennially sit in good standing – ready to pounce once the playoffs show up.
That's actually a really good post.
Favorite Canadiens-Related Image, Photoshop, Gif or Video:
Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Empty Netters:
Chris Kunitz – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Pascal Dupuis – Dustin Jeffrey – Tyler Kennedy
Matt Cooke – Richard Park – Steve Sullivan
Eric Tangradi – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams
Kris Letang – Brooks Orpik
Zbynek Michalek – Paul Martin
Deryk Engelland – Matt Niskanen
Brent JohnsonMarc-Andre Fleury
Johnson hasn't started very often, but he'll be in the cage tonight. EDIT: No he won't be. Fleury is starting.
Montreal Canadiens lines from Empty Netters:
Rene Bourque – Tomas Plekanec – Mike Blunden
Travis Moen – Lars Eller – Andrei Kostitsyn
Erik Cole – David Desharnais – Max Pacioretty
Mathieu Darche – Scott Gomez
Josh Gorges – PK Subban
Hall Gill – Yannick Weber
Alexei Emelin – Raphael Diaz
Peter Budaj is on Montreal? We forgot Tomas Kaberle existed.