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12-26-2008, 08:27 PM
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12/27/08 Montreal @ Pittsburgh 7pm EST RDS (HD), CBC (HD)



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2008-2009 record: 18-9-6; 42 points; 2nd in North East; 5th in Eastern Conference

Probable Lineup:

.........................LW..................................................C..................................................RW.........................
46 - Andrei Kostitsyn14 - Tomas Plekanec27 - Alex Kovalev
13 - Alex Tanguay20 - Robert Lang36 - Matt D'Agostini
84 - Guillaume Latendresse40 - Maxim Lapierre6 - Tom Kostopoulos
22 - Steve Begin80 - Ben Maxwell74 - Sergei Kostitsyn

.........................D..................................................D.........................
79 - Andrei Markov8 - Mike Komisarek
44 - Roman Hamrlik26 - Josh Gorges
71 - Patrice Brisebois51 - Francis Bouillon

Starting Goalie: Carey Price (13-4-5; GAA: 2.39; SV%: 0.919)



Backup: Jaroslav Halak (5-5-1; GAA: 2.44; SV%: 0.916)

Injuries: Christopher Higgins (shoulder; 1 month), Mathieu Dandenault (arm; 2 months), Saku Koivu (lower body; 1 week), Andrei Kostitsyn (leg; DTD), Georges Laraque (groin; DTD)





2008-2009 record: 19-12-4; 42 points; 3rd in the Atlantic; 6th in the Eastern Conference

Probable Lineup:

.........................LW..................................................C..................................................RW.........................
9 - Pascal Dupuis87 - Sidney Crosby81 - Miroslav Satan
26 - Ruslan Fedotenko71 - Evgeni Malkin17 - Petr Sykora
25 - Maxime Talbot11 - Jordan Staal24 - Matt Cooke
16 - Paul Bissonnette - Dustin Jeffrey28 - Eric Godard

.........................D..................................................D.........................
44 - Rob Scuderi4 - Rob Scuderi
7 - Mark Eaton19- Ryan Whitney
13 - Alex Goligoski43 - Philippe Boucher

Starting Goalie: Marc-Andre Fleury (10-5-2; GAA: 3.01; SV%: 0.905)



Backup: Dany Sabourin (6-6-2; GAA: 2.55; SV%: 0.908)

Injuries: Tyler Kennedy (knee; 1 month), Hal Gill (shoulder; 2 weeks), Sergei Gonchar (shoulder; 2 months)

TEAM COMPARISON

2007-2008 Season Series
2-1-1

LAST MEETING:
DateWinnerScoreFirst Star
February 21st, 2008
Evgeni Malkin

SPECIAL TEAMS STATS

TeamPK%PK RankPP%PP Rank
80.7
19
19.6
10
81.2
14
14.6
24

TEAM SCORING LEADERS

Pittsbugh

PlayerGPGAPts+/-
Evgeni Malkin34154358+22
Sidney Crosby34143347+10
Petr Sykora31121527+7

Montreal

PlayerGPGAPts+/-
Alex Tanguay31101626+8
Alex Kovalev3381826+6
Andrei Markov3352126+9

NOTES: The Montreal Canadiens are starting their annual post Christmas road trip with a game in Pittsburgh to face the Penguins. This will be the first meeting of the season between these two teams. The Canadiens finished up a stretch of 10 of 11 games at home in which they went 6-2-2. After Pittsbugh, the Habs will head to the State of Florida to play the Panthers (12/29) and the Lightning (12/30) before finishing the trip in New Jersey on January 2nd.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are having a tough stretch lately playing with more downs than ups. They lost last Saturday to the Maple Leafs 7-3 before losing to the worst team in the league in Tampa Bay 3-1. Last year the Penguins lost both games at home vs the Habs including the second one in the shootout in which Andrei Markov scored in the 8th round. The Penguins are however coming off a shutout win over the Devils on Friday night.

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH

VS



*Special thanks to Qui Gon Dave, Habs425 and Jeffonfire (http://www.lazoneneutre.com)



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12-26-2008, 08:42 PM
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Let's go Habs! Big game here to start the road trip off

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12-26-2008, 08:50 PM
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Great GDT Harry!

Hopefully we stump Pittsburgh, god I hate the penguins, more than the Bruins and the Leafs

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Great job HarryI!

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AK46 - Plek - Kovalev
Tanguay - Lang - D'Agostini
Pacioretty - Chipchura - SK74
Lats - Lapierre - Kostopoulos

Are we missing players?

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AK46 - Plek - Kovalev
Tanguay - Lang - D'Agostini
Pacioretty - Chipchura - SK74
Lats - Lapierre - Kostopoulos

Are we missing players?
You're missing Début.

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So who gives Crosby the vengeful genital walloping? I vote Lapierre.

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Hopefully the hate hasnt died down too much, there was a series of games these two teams played where a little bit of a rivarly was forming; hopefully the trend continues. I still remember the last game against them, really pissed me off, was quite the see-saw game with Pittsburgh scoring the last two goals to win it.

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BGL is not playing tomorrow

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Wow, we are only 7-5-2 on the road, thats just not good enough.

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Hey guys,
just a FYI on the Pens lineup. Wallace and Taffe were sent back down, Bissonnette and Jeffrey were called up and played tonight in Jersey. Lines should look like this...

Dupuis-Crosby-Satan
Fedotenko-Malkin-Sykora
Cooke-Staal-Talbot
Bissonnette-Jeffrey-Godard

Orpik-Scuderi
Eaton-Whitney
Goligoski-Boucher


These games are always fun, hope we get another one.

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Groin again, or healthy scratch?

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12-26-2008, 10:30 PM
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I support this team through thick and thin and rarely question what Gainey does or bash our players BUT I will be very disappointed if the Habs don't win tomorrow. Destroys these mother****ing Penguins, boys! This is all I ask for.

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12-26-2008, 10:37 PM
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Hey guys,
just a FYI on the Pens lineup. Wallace and Taffe were sent back down, Bissonnette and Jeffrey were called up and played tonight in Jersey. Lines should look like this...

Dupuis-Crosby-Satan
Fedotenko-Malkin-Sykora
Cooke-Staal-Talbot
Bissonnette-Jeffrey-Godard

Orpik-Scuderi
Eaton-Whitney
Goligoski-Boucher


These games are always fun, hope we get another one.
I find weird that Letang was sent down... is he hur or if he having a bad year?

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12-26-2008, 10:49 PM
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Groin again, or healthy scratch?
I think it's still groin.

Big game, boys. Are we expected to lose ? If so, it's a win.

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I find weird that Letang was sent down... is he hur or if he having a bad year?
Was hurt blocking a shot three games ago. Missed the last two with the infamous "undisclosed" injury. Ryan Whitney came back and took his place in the lineup, but we're really hurting without Letang. Probably our best defenseman overall this season, so far.

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Was hurt blocking a shot three games ago. Missed the last two with the infamous "undisclosed" injury. Ryan Whitney came back and took his place in the lineup, but we're really hurting without Letang. Probably our best defenseman overall this season, so far.
So, Letang was sent down for conditioning reasons, or is just out with an injury. I'd be baffled too if he was sent down and nothing was wrong.

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I ****ing hate the Penguins. The all-time most tankers who get lucky in drafting top talent. I always enjoy beating those tankers. Their management just gets lucky to have so much deep talent when they tank.

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Nice GDT!

Just a little detail, it's Ryan Whitney and you have Scuderi on there twice.

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Tanking when the first overall pick is consensus to be an impact player requires no luck, only low self-esteem to lose on purpose. And the Penguins are only second in history to the Nords in that category.

Really, only second to the 89-90 Nords. The most pathetic (Intentional?) tailspin in hockey history.

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0000471990.html

Playing 40 games with goalies near a 5.00 GAA can't be trying to win.

However, coming back to Pissburgh, winning the lottery to get Crosby was luck. And to think it could have been us. I love Carey Price though.


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However, winning the lottery to get Crosby was luck. And to think it could have been us. I love Carey Price though.
Yeah I can't say I am too upset about how that lottery and draft turned out.

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I hope all the habs wearing cups. We all know what's Crosby is capable of.

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Nice GDT, Dustin Jeffrey wears #42, by the way.

Too bad Laraque isn't playing, I guess Godard doesn't have a dance partner. Maybe Bissonnette will go with someone.

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I have a lot riding on this game, so our boys better zamboni the Pens. I need a convincing win. Much as I love MaxiPad, I hope AKost is okay to play this game.

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I ****ing hate the Penguins. The all-time most tankers who get lucky in drafting top talent. I always enjoy beating those tankers. Their management just gets lucky to have so much deep talent when they tank.
What's with the hostality? I want to beat them just as much as the next guy, but it has nothing to do with tanking or their fans.


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