Chicago Blackhawks (0-1-0) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1-0-0)
TV: ROOT Sports
CONSOL Energy Center
Season Series: 0-0-0
Last Meeting: February 20, 2011. Blackhawks won 3-2 [SO]
What we said in our recap:
In a game that was critical to the Blackhawks, the Pens hung on to the bitter end. In the years before the Pens and Hawks started shooting to stardom, we saw the Hawks as a mirror image of the Pens, in terms of building through the draft, plugging holes with some tick turds making plays, and solid defense. The only parts that aren't similar: the egregious Brian Campbell contract and the fact that even some of the Blackhawks players don't know who their goalie is. Can't really find a reason to despise the Hawks. The Marian Hossa hate should've subsided when the Cup was raised in Detroit.
Know Your Enemy: Blackhawks Down Low
What they're saying:
Well friends, the time has come live hockey is back. It might be preseason and it might be a shit show, but it’s better than watching the cubs and white sox out terrible each other every night.
Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:
Sidney Crosby didn't practice today. It's no big deal.
The Pens reduced their roster by 13 players including Simon Despres and Philip Samuelsson. Despres didn't even get a preseason game.
Civic Arena demolition could begin on Monday. Happy Birthday.
Chicago Blackhawks Notes:
Marian Hossa is back with the Hawks after missing time to have a baby and attend Pavol Demitra's funeral.
The Hawks lost to the Oilers in their preseason opener.
Gibsonia native Brandon Saad will play his first game tonight.
Favorite Blackhawks-Related Image, Photoshop or Gif:
"It's the Chicago Blackhawks man!"
Pittsburgh Penguins Lines from Penguins.NHL.com:
Tyler Kennedy – Jordan Staal – Nick JohnsonEric Tangradi – Mark Letestu– Colin McDonaldMatt Cooke – Bryan Lerg – Craig AdamsSteven MacIntyre – Zach Sill – Keven Veilleux
Alexandre Picard – Zbynek MichalekBrian Strait – Deryk EngellandBen Lovejoy – Scott HarringtonBrent JohnsonScott Munroe
Cooke is back! How long before he tries to kill someone?
Chicago Blackhawks Lines from Blackhawks.NHL.com:
Bryan BickellBrandon BolligDaniel CarcilloChristopher DiDomenicoByron FroeseMichael FrolikRob KlinkhammerPeter LeBlancBrett McleanBrandon PirriBrandon SaadAndrew ShawBrian ConnellyShawn LalondeJoe LavinNick LeddySami LepistoSean O'DonnellJohn ScottAlexander SalakRay Emery
Yeah, no one's playing. No idea what the lines are. Carcillo sucks. When did Ray Emery join the Blackhawks?
Cooke is back. Tangradi is in. Both have something to prove. The Blackhawks are resting everyone. No idea what's going to happen.
Gizmo's back too, also after a long exile. This could be a make-or-break game for him.