The Panthers usually turn in strong late season performances against the Penguins, but the team is a bit of a disaster right now. The Penguins, for their part, are missing stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, but haven't stopped winning games. They're currently seeded fourth in the Eastern Conference though they have four points on the third place Bostom Bruins and are only four points back from the Conference and Atlantic Division leading Philadelphia Flyers. They're spending the next several weeks without the services of one Matt Cooke, who was suspended until the second round of the playoffs for being a violent moron. Crosby won't be back for today's game, but the Panthers probably don't have much chance of winning. The best they can hope for is to not be embarrassed.
Lose two straight, win two straight. The Pens bankrolled themselves with 12 straight wins, so now they can afford to drop a few and win them back. The Panthers came in playing some good hockey, but the Penguins took them out early. Before leaving with an injury, Brent Johnson played a hell of game. The Pens had a rough stretch in the second period, and Beej closed the door.
Chris Kunitz – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
James Neal – Mike Comrie – Alexei Kovalev
Pascal Dupuis – Max Talbot – Chris Conner
Mike Rupp – Craig Adams – Arron Asham
Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang
Paul Martin – Zbynek Michalek
Ben Lovejoy – Matt Niskanen
Sergei Samsonov – Stephen Weiss – Niclas Bergfors
David Booth – Marty Reasoner – Evgeny Dadonov
Patrick Rissmiller – Mike Santorelli – Michal Repik
Darcy Hordichuk – Ryan Carter – Steve Bernier
Keaton Ellerby – Dmitry Kulikov
Alexander Sulzer – Mike Weaver
Jay Garrison – Joe Callahan