Monday, October 20, 2008

Game 6-Pens at Bruins

Game 7-Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins (7:00-FSN/WXDX)

Tonight from the TD BankNorth Garden Arena (fleet center) the Boston Bruins will host the Pittsburgh penguins.

This is Boston's home opener so i expect them to come out flying tonight and try to impress the home crowd.

The Bruins coming off a 4-2 win against the Ottawa Senators Saurday night.
Phil Kessel had a big night with 2 goals and Marc Savard Cont'd his pace with 3 assists.
Marco Sturm and Milan Lucic had a goal a peice.

The Bruins have a couple of injuries already with P.J. Axelsson questionable and Kobesaw out with an ankle injury for tonights game.

The line combos for tonight should be something like this:
1st line: Lucic/Savard/Ryder
2nd line: Sturm/Bergeron/Kessel
3rd line: Wheeler/Krejci/Noklainen

The 1st and 2nd lines have some fire power, Center Marc Savard is on a tear right now potting 5 goals and getting 4 helpers already.

Their Defense is decent. They have 12'-4" 450 pound Zdeno Chara(c) back there, Aaron Ward, Dennis Wideman, Ex-penguin Andrew Ference (we all know what happened last season), Shane Hindy and Marc Stuart.

the Defensive core is mobile and likes to pinch, so heres to the pens transition game getting some of the defenseman caught in their own zone.

The Goaltenders are All-star Tim Thomas and often injured Manny Fernadez, no word on who is starting tonight but i would say its Thomas as Fernadez got the start against Ottawa.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are coming off a 4-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night, with milestone nights for both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Which got ignored in the news this morning because the Steelers beat some half rate team on sunday. Oh my god is Hines Ward gonna get fined for that hit, who cares. I can't wait until Big Ben chokes in the playoffs.

Sidney Crosby Hit 100 goals, 200 assists, and 300 points (do the math)
Evgeni Malkin hit 200 points

Tonight marks the 1st road game inside North America.

the line combos will be the same as they were against the Leafs
1st line: Malkin/Crosby/Dupuis
2nd line: Fedotenko/staal/Sykora
3rd line: Kennedy/Talbot/Satan
4th line: Thomas/Zigomanis/Godard

Defense again should be the same:

This should be a good test for the defense, shutting down the top 2 lines of the Bruins will not be an easy task.

Starting netminder for tonight Fleury or Sabourin (how is that for vague).

UPDATE: The Penguins Website is reporting that Danny Sabourin will get the start between the pipes tonight. Tough call with the offense Boston has been putting out.
Paul Bissonnette will be on the forth line with Zigomanis and Godard, Cooke did not make the trip to Boston because of a secret injury.



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