Category: Game Preview
As expected, Sergei Gonchar is out of the lineup for tonight’s crucial Game Five at the Verizon Center in D.C. with the banged-up knee. The Penguins have still not made any announcement regarding Gonchar’s condition, but according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Gonchar was seen at the Washington hotel with a large knee brace.
Replacing Gonchar in the lineup will be Alex Goligoski, who will be recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. It’s a bit surprising that it will be Goligoski, and not Philippe Boucher, in the lineup. However, it appears that the Penguins would like to retain a left-handed shot on the right point of the powerplay, rather than insert another right-handed shot. Just my opinion.
UPDATE 12:33PM: Per Sam Kasan on the Pens’ official playoff blog;
Ya gotta love technology:
According to HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman’s Twitter:
“1.Looks like Crosby and Malkin together tonight, at least to start.
2.Letang says he’ll play tonight. Guy’s got the healing power of Wolverine.”
In a decision that can’t be described as surprising, IHCDB has inserted Miro Satan into the lineup, replacing Petr Sykora, who has gone absolutely stone cold. Not the best thing for a sniper.
In addition, the Penguins also announced that Kris Letang will be a game-time decision whether he will be in the lineup or not. Although Letang was dinged up late in Game 4, IHCDB said after the morning skate that “the decisions that we made today were not based on injuries.” If Letang is not in the lineup, he’ll be replaced by veteran defenseman Philippe Boucher.
UPDATE: The blog is up at http://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/14/hockey-night-in-blogdom-penguins-flyers-a-partisan-preview/#more-7699. Check it out !!!
As we really start ramping up on Playoff Eve, the folks at the New York Times have graciously offered me the opportunity to be the Penguins’ blogger for the playoffs in their “Hockey Night in Blogdom” feature series.
Of course, my allegiance to KK will not suffer, but this will be fun as well. The first post should be up soon.
We’re gonna do a quick contest prior to the start of the Penguins/Flyers playoff series on Wednesday night. Mountain Dew, in promoting their new Mountain Dew Voltage® drink, are giving away two Voltage prize packs that will include Voltage product and T-shirts. Voltage is charged with raspberry citrus and ginseng. It’s great for giving drinkers a much-needed energy kick. Last year, over a quarter million votes helped Mountain Dew Voltage win the DEWmocracy election. The taste, name and color of all three ‘candidates’ were also developed by DEW fans. Mountain Dew® is also running an online sweepstakes to promote the new drink by offering them a chance to win great prizes such as gaming gear, iPods and snowboards. You can check it out at this link.
Here’s how the contest will work;
This could be an easy post. I could just give you my preview from last May’s Eastern Conference Finals series between the Pens and Flyers. But that wouldn’t be any fun.
Look, everyone knows the background on this one. No gray area here. The Pens and Flyers despise each other. The teams’ fans despise each other. Hell, even the teams’ press hates each other.
OK, now that that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at the keys to the series:
Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby will return from a four-game absence tonight vs. the Florida Panthers.
Crosby centered the first line on the game-day skate, with new Penguins Chris Kunitz and Bill Guerin on the wings.
However, defenseman Sergei Gonchar will be out. Gonchar’s wife is due with their child. Alex Goligoski has been recalled.
Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby will sit out today’s game again vs. the Stars with that sore groin.
Still unknown at this time whether Crosby will be available for Tuesday’s game in Tampa Bay vs. the Lightning.
Just a short snippet this morning. Seems like we’ve been talking about important games for about two months now. But today’s game in Dallas versus the Stars is, well, important.
But because of the recent struggles particularly by the Panthers and Sabres a win today by the Penguins, coupled with a Florida regulation loss to the Capitals in D.C. would not only put the Penguins back into a playoff seed, but would actually put them in the 7th spot. The two teams would be tied with 70 points, but the Pens would have the higher seed because of one more win.
Now, naturally, these standings are going to flip-flop every day until April. So that scenario is as temporary as it gets.
But it’d sure look good to Penguins fans, wouldn’t it ??
Chris Kunitz will have to wait at least one more game before he’s potentially paired with Sidney Crosby. Crosby will remain out of the lineup for the Penguins tonight in Chicago vs. the Blackhawks.
Also, Chris Minard was placed on waivers after the Whitney trade, and cleared. In addition, Tim Wallace was re-called, while Janne Pesonen was demoted back down to W-B/S.
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