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12-16-2006, 01:10 PM
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GDT: 16/12/06 Pittsburgh @ Montreal 7 PM EST RDS.CBC

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Montreal Canadiens


Game Time: 7:00PM EST

Arena: Bell Centre; Montreal,QC


TV Networks Broadcasting the Game:

RDS


CBC(Quebec, Maritimes)



Radio: CKAC 730, CJAD 800

Pittsburgh Penguins
Record: 15-11-5, 35pts (T-6th in Eastern Conference)

Last Game:
W7-4 against NY Islanders

Starting Goalie:
M-A Fleury (14-7-4; GAA: 3.00; SV%: 0.902; 1 SO)


Lineup:
Malone-Crosby-Recchi
Ekman-Malkin-Ouellet
Armstrong-Staal-Ruutu
Moore-Talbot-Thorburn

Whitney-Gonchar
Melichar-Orpik
DuPont-Scuderi

Injuries: Eaton, Cairns

Keys to Victory:
Get off to a good start
Shoot often and be very discipline
Crosby Crosby Crosby

Montreal Canadiens
Record:
18-8-5, 41pts (4th in Eastern Conference)

Last Game: W4-2 against Tampa Bay

Starting Goalie: Cristobal Huet (12-3-3; GAA: 2.26; SV%: 0.933; 2 SO)



Lineup:
Latendresse-Koivu-Ryder
Samsonov-Plekanec-Kovalev
Perezhogin-Bonk-Johnson
Higgins-Lapierre-Streit

Markov-Komisarek
Souray-Rivet
Dandenault-Bouillon

Injuries: Begin

Keys to Victory:
Play a full 60 minutes
Discpline and intensity
Play great defensively


Season Series: 1st meeting

Last Meeting:
March 26th, 2006; Montreal 6 Pittsburgh 5

Key Players to Watch:


Sidney Crosby


Saku Koivu

Special Teams Stats:

Pittsburgh PP: 17.5% (12th in NHL)
Montreal PP: 21.4% (3rd in NHL)
Pittsburgh PK: 80.1% (23rd in NHL, 7 SHG)
Montreal PK: 88.5% (3rd in NHL, 9 SHG)

NHL Preview: http://www2.nhl.com/nhl/app?service=...062007&gtype=2
TSN Preview: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=188549&hubname=

GO HABS GO!





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12-16-2006, 01:26 PM
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Should be a great game, plus Higgins is back.

I say 5-4 Habs win


Habs goals:

Samsonov
Higgins
Kovalev
Perezhogin
Souray

Penguins goals:

Crosby
Armstrong
Recchi (2)

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Should be an insane game. I'm also the luckiest game in town, I have tickets for the game!!!! I've been waiting fior this game since september!!!


I predict a 4 -3 win by the Habs.

Habs: Higgins, Koivu, Latendresse, Souray

Pitsburgh: Crosby Malkin Staal

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Happy your back habs911.

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with a line of Moore-Staal-Ruutu, it sounds like they could use Niinimaa on their team

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I say 5-3 habs

Koivu, Latendresse, Bonk, Perehogin, Komisarek
Malkin, Ruutu,Crosby

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Im looking foward to that higgins-lapierre-streit line especialy the higgins-lapierre duo. I know higgins wont stay on that line very long but it might end up being a great line for us. short term anyways. Its the best fourth line weve had this year. I hope the habs give me a Birthday win.

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I see a big game from Souray, somthing like 2 gaols, 1 assist.

4-2 Habs!

Souray (2), Kovalev, Latendresse

Malkin, Recchi

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Should be an insane game. I'm also the luckiest game in town, I have tickets for the game!!!! I've been waiting fior this game since september!!!


I predict a 4 -3 win by the Habs.

Habs: Higgins, Koivu, Latendresse, Souray

Pitsburgh: Crosby Malkin Staal
HAve fun man, should be an amazing time.

As for the game, the Habs should look to exploit that D. The Habs are arguably the fastest team in the league and the Pens arguably with the worst defense. If they can do that, it should be enough to containt some of the offense thats been coming in lately.

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Maxim is going to shut down Crosby all night and score a hat trick. On all three goals his helmet will somehow come off his head and we will realize he has a bald spot along with the long hair. On his third goal his blazing speed will take off the 4 from his jersey and a 1 will be revealed underneath. He will then consume a pack of cigarettes.

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It's on CBC in the Maritimes? They never show Habs games.

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It doesn't feel good at all to remind such dark, foul moments, but we came up sooo short in the Crosby lottery...

Latendresse-Crosby-Ryder
Higgins-Koivu-Kovalev

:slaps himself on the hand for saying it:


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The only Penguins I like are on the business end of clubs, being slaughtered for fun.

I want somebody to skin me some birds on the ice tonight.

We'll bag those animals.

Note that whenever I have posted "We'll bag those animals.", we have lost.

But that was before the Awakening of Streit, and such is in the dark ages, the before times, and is irrelevant.

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The only Penguins I like are on the business end of clubs, being slaughtered for fun.

I want somebody to skin me some birds on the ice tonight.

We'll bag those animals.

Note that whenever I have posted "We'll bag those animals.", we have lost.
why in hell did you post it???

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Because it was in the before times, before the Awakening of Streit.

Streit will bring us peace and glory as he leads us to the great chalice of champions.

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Because it was in the before times, before the Awakening of Streit.

Streit will bring us peace and glory as he leads us to the great chalice of champions.
Anybody agree we would be better off with The Streit at defense for tonight? We're going to need to stay in Crosby's shorts all night, he's the only one that could realistically fit.

And Thief, time to change your sig, Higgins' BACK

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Streit would score 40 with Crosby.

All the attention is on SS, lets take advantage of this and win the game.

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streit > poutine
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Crosby is absolutely on fire right now and he LOVES to play against us. It will be a tough one. But after 15 goals in 2 games, do the Pens have any goals left? I predict a high scoring game.

6-5 Habs

Higgins, Lapierre, Latendresse, Kovalev, Koivu, Souray
Crosby (2x), Recchi, Malkin, Staal

Crosby with a 4 points night again.

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Balsillie pulls bid to purchase Penguins. I didn't see it posted anywhere else. Bettman keeps another franchise out of Canada. Hate that guy.

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The only Penguins I like are on the business end of clubs, being slaughtered for fun.

I want somebody to skin me some birds on the ice tonight.

We'll bag those animals.

Note that whenever I have posted "We'll bag those animals.", we have lost.

But that was before the Awakening of Streit, and such is in the dark ages, the before times, and is irrelevant.
Penguins are mean birds. I saw someone talking about it the other day on TV. They're very ornery and they have a vicious peck. But they love the warm weather apparently, which was a surprise to me. Wayne Newton apparently has a whole bunch of penguins in Vegas and they are duplicating at a fast rate.

I agree though....club the b******.

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It's on CBC in the Maritimes? They never show Habs games.
And they especially never show Habs games against teams that don't wear a blue and white Maple Leaf. You'd think some player on Pittsburgh was from Nova Scotia or something.


I'd like to take this opportunity to thank that guy, whoever he may be, for allowing me to actually watch the Habs on Saturday night. Damn, what a concept!

I have a feeling this is going to be a crazy game. Like 7-6.

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HAve fun man, should be an amazing time.

As for the game, the Habs should look to exploit that D. The Habs are arguably the fastest team in the league and the Pens arguably with the worst defense. If they can do that, it should be enough to containt some of the offense thats been coming in lately.
Coming from a Pens fan's perspective, there are three things to look for:

1. You most definitely should try to exploit the Pens D. I've been saying for a while that they're most susceptible to an aggressive foecheck. The only catch is if you attack the Pens D aggressively, you risk opening things up for the Pens transition game, which is where they really tend to make things happen.

2. Malkin had some ho-hum games lately. Therrien stuck him last night on a line with Ekman and Armstrong. The score against the Isles would have been worse if either of those two had converted the point blank set ups from Malkin. In a way, I'd look at the Pens SECOND LINE as a real X factor in this game, because my gut, as a Pens fan, tells me that line is ready at some point soon to start putting pucks in the net.

3. These are not the soft Penguins you have come to know and love. Oh, the defense still leaves A LOT to be desired. But, the Pens, while weak in terms of scoring wingers, are deep on the third and fourth lines with the type of checking and energy guys who are real third and fourth liners. When he was hired, Ray Shero said he wanted to build a team like the Predators plus Crosby and Malkin. With his budget, it's not a one year process. By the same token, the Pens forwards hit, backcheck, and play with a level of tenacity that you probably won't have seen from Pens forwards in a decade.

You guys have a really good, really underrated team, which is strange because you're most definitely a playoff team (not Buffalo caliber, but I'd put you at that level right below). I view this as a test for the Pens, and I suspect their players, beyond the excitement of playing in Montreal, view things similarly.

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I'll say a 5-3 Habs victory.

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Coming from a Pens fan's perspective, there are three things to look for:

1. You most definitely should try to exploit the Pens D. I've been saying for a while that they're most susceptible to an aggressive foecheck. The only catch is if you attack the Pens D aggressively, you risk opening things up for the Pens transition game, which is where they really tend to make things happen.

2. Malkin had some ho-hum games lately. Therrien stuck him last night on a line with Ekman and Armstrong. The score against the Isles would have been worse if either of those two had converted the point blank set ups from Malkin. In a way, I'd look at the Pens SECOND LINE as a real X factor in this game, because my gut, as a Pens fan, tells me that line is ready at some point soon to start putting pucks in the net.

3. These are not the soft Penguins you have come to know and love. Oh, the defense still leaves A LOT to be desired. But, the Pens, while weak in terms of scoring wingers, are deep on the third and fourth lines with the type of checking and energy guys who are real third and fourth liners. When he was hired, Ray Shero said he wanted to build a team like the Predators plus Crosby and Malkin. With his budget, it's not a one year process. By the same token, the Pens forwards hit, backcheck, and play with a level of tenacity that you probably won't have seen from Pens forwards in a decade.

You guys have a really good, really underrated team, which is strange because you're most definitely a playoff team (not Buffalo caliber, but I'd put you at that level right below). I view this as a test for the Pens, and I suspect their players, beyond the excitement of playing in Montreal, view things similarly.
Good post.

Crosby loves playing against Montreal and Fleury will probably be fired up.

But you guys played last night and we're fresh (though a little banged up). I expect us to wear you down and use our aggressive forecheck to attack an already tired defense (especially that Melichar).

I'll agree with Carbo-Nation...5-3 Habs.

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