Pittsburgh Penguins (37-21-5) @ Colorado Avalanche (33-28-4)
TV: ROOT, ALT
Pepsi Center – Denver, CO
The Avs are three points out of the playoffs and sitting in 10th place in the Western Conference. However, they're 6-3-1 in their last ten so it looks like they're making a final push for the postseason. Their last game was a 2-0 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Via rlander9: On the road, the Pens have gone to shootout in 6-of-8 games against the West. Games in Calgary and Minnesota are the only ones that ended in regulation. And from @PensRadioNet, Fleury is 10-2-2 in his last 14 road decisions against Western Conference teams.
Today is Mike Lange's 64th birthday. Paul Steigerwald will celebrate by making a mockery of hockey broadcasting.
Season Series: 1-0-0
Last meeting that counted: November 15, 2011. Penguins won 6-3.
What we said in our recap:
We've used the phrase, and we've heard a bunch of other people say it too: the Pens are scary good.
The Pens are murdering clown chasing you with Michael Myers riding shotgun and a giant man-eating spider in the back seat waiting to take you to the secret cave of the Quaker Oats man scary. And this is without arguably their best player.
Know Your Enemy: JibbleScribbits
What they're saying:
So there's been big drama in Avalanche land lately. First Kyle Quincey was traded to Tampa, where they turned him to Detroit, for a 1st round pick. So we'll start there. I don't really like this trade. Not that Downie won't help the Avs. I think he brings some of what the Avs need. Some, to borrow a hockey cliché, "sandpaper" to the lineup.
But I feel like Quincey is high enough caliber to get more for him. This was confirmed yesterday when Jack Johnson, who only plays good hockey on the Powerplay, when he doesn't have to actually play defense, was moved with a first round pick for Jeff Carter. I don't really understand why Greg Sherman couldn't have gotten a better deal than Downie, and I probably never will.
Favorite Avalanche Image, Photoshop, Gif or Video:
We couldn't think of anything else. Poor Varly.
Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Empty Netters:
Chris Kunitz – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Steve Sullivan – Jordan Staal – Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke – Joe Vitale – Richard Park
Eric Tangradi – Craig Adams – Arron Asham
Deryk Engelland – Paul Martin
Zbynek Michalek – Brooks Orpik
Matt Niskanen – Ben Lovejoy
Colorado Avalanche lines from Empty Netters:
Matt Duchene – Paul Statsny – Milan Hejduk
Gabriel Landeskog – Ryan O'Reilly – Steve Downie
David Jones – Mark Olver – Jamie McGinn
Cody McLeod – Jay McClement – Peter Mueller
Jan Hejda – Ryan Wilson
Shane O'Brien – Erik Johnson
Matt Hunwick – Stefan Elliott
No Varlamov tonight.