Gameday 79 – Panthers

7:00 pm
BankAtlantic Center
TV: ROOT Sports
Two losses in a row for the Pens. Tampa is breathing down their necks and they're only four points behind Philly.  The playoffs are just around the corner and every point is important.  Nothing is certain yet.
Now we'll have a place to ROOT.


Know your enemy: The Litter Box

Today, the Pittsburgh Penguins visit South Florida in one of quite a few playoff seeding matches. The Pens will attempt to sweep the season series while the Panthers will try not too be too embarrassed. Sidney Crosby is skating with the team and is on the road trip, but will probably not play until the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Panthers are trying to remember what playoffs are. This, the next to last home game of the season, will be packed with Penguins fans looking to see the Penguins close in on their Eastern Conference leading division rival Philadelphia Flyers. The Panthers, in an attempt to get season ticket holders to actually turn up to the game, have advertised that they will be showing the Final Four on televisions throughout the arena.

Season series: Penguins Lead 3-0
Last meeting: March 27th, 2011 – Penguins Won 2-1 [SO]
What we said in our recap:

In the grand scheme of things the Pens win on Sunday was just as big as any other win. Especially because the Bruins beat the Flyers in regulation. Now, the Pens can tie the Flyers for the division and conference lead on Tuesday night, in Consol. The Flyers have one game in hand, but that don't mean shit. The entire Eastern conference is insane. There is no match-up that is set. The Pens have pulled away from Tampa Bay, but the demons of Montreal lurk behind Tampa.

Penguins notes:
Panthers notes:
Scott Clemmensen will start in net. Vokoun has back problems.

Favorite Panthers-related Photoshop or gif:
Not a Photoshop, just a reminder that we hate the Panthers.
Penguins lines:

Chris Kunitz – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
James Neal – Mark LetestuAlexei Kovalev
Pascal Dupuis – Max Talbot – Chris Conner
Mike Rupp – Craig Adams – Mike Comrie

Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang
Paul Martin – Zbynek Michalek
Ben Lovejoy – Matt Niskanen

Brent Johnson

Panthers Lines from Empty Netters:

Niclas Bergfors – Mike Santorelli – Sergei Samsonov
David Booth – Marty Reasoner – Evgeny Dadanov
Patrick Rissmiller – Michal Repik – Jack Skille
Darcy Hordichuk – Ryan Carter – Steve Bernier

Keaton Ellerby – Dmitry Kulikov
Jay Garrison – Mike Weaver
Clay Wilson – Joe Callahan

Scott Clemmensen

Scoreboard Watching:
Tampa defeated Minnesota 3-1 earlier.  The Pens need to keep pace with a win today.

Do It.
Go Pens.