Game 18: Minnesota Wild @ Pittsburgh Penguins (7:00-Versus-WXDX)
The Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Minnesota Wild tonight in a showdown of neutral zone turnovers and dump and chase hockey. The Minnesota Wild under coach Jacques Lemaire Play a boring style of defensive hockey. I wouldn't circle any Minnesota game on the calander as a "must watch" unless it was against the Pens. Did anyone catch the Wild VS. Bluejackets game this past weekend, I would bet a NFL game had just as much action.
Oh my, that was painful," Wild center Eric Belanger told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune after Minnesota's 3-2 shootout victory. "I mean, they play the way we play. We had a taste of our own medicine. They don't give you much, like us. It was tough not to get frustrated. It must have been boring for the fans."
That Defensive style Hockey has a lot to do with why Wild goalie Backstrom has an 11-0-3 record in his last 14 games, and why the team is still winning a lot of their games with out star winger Marian Gaborik. He will miss his 14th straight game tonight with an undiclosed lower body injury. The Wild have an impressive 22 goals this season, tieing them for dead last in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators.
Star Defenseman Brent Burns has been moved to play the wing on the top line:
First Line: Andrew Brunette-Mikko Koivu-Brent Burns.
Second Line: Owen Nolan-Eric Belanger-Pierre-Marc Bouchard.
Third Line: Stephane Veilleux-James Sheppard-Antti Miettinen.
Fourth Line: Derek Boogaard-Benoit Pouliot-Cal Clutterbuck.
Russo Rant has some info including a late goaltender injury for the Wild.
With a name like Clutterbuck you have to fight a lot through out your life.
The Pittsburgh Penguins come into tonights game riding a 6 game winning streak, beating the likes of the Detroit Reddicks, Philadelphia Flyers, and buffalo Sabres along the way. Tonight they will be minus the best goalie in the East, Starter Marc Andre Fleury will be sidelined with an undisclosed injury.[Gazette). He leaves this game in good hands though, Danny Sabourin has been playing his balls off when called upon.
It looks like the New Guy will be playing tonight, No word on who will be filling Sydors spot in the press box yet, if i were a betting man i would say it will be Mark Eaton.
WBS goalie John Curry will be sitting in the runway playing the back-up role.
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If the pens lose tonight you can blame it on Bob for his post earlier today, i don't know why we renewed his contract.
"A GREAT DAY FOR HOCKEY"