Potential Stanley Cup Final Matchup?
It’s a hockey night in Pittsburgh, as the Chicago Blackhawks visit the slumping defending Stanley Cup Champions at PPG Paints Arena with puck drop at 8:00pm. There’s always sparks flying in what coach Sullivan has called “…A fast paced game…”. The last time these two Stanley Cup contenders met, the Chicago Blackhawks had a 4-1 win over the Penguins. The Blackhawks game came with great speed to match that skill, and the Pens feel like that will once again be the key to the game. With the lineup still decimated the Penguins hope to get Conor Sheary back in the line-up for his 100th game in his NHL career.
The Pittsburgh Penguins injuries coming into this game include Trevor Daley, Carl Hagelin,, Kris Letang, Olli Maatta, Evgeni Malkin, Chad Ruhwedel, Tom Sestito, Jake Guentzel and Ron Hainsey. The Last two were seen at the Penguins morning practice with regular jerseys and Sullivan mentioned that although they were close, they most likely wouldn’t be playing tonight.
-Marc-Andre Fleury has been given the nod to start tonight’s game in crease.
-There’s a high probability that Penguins’ Sheary and Ruhwedel are back in the line-up for tonight’s game.
-While the Penguins are on a 3-game losing streak entering tonight’s game, the Chicago Blackhawks have won 13 of their last 16 on the road.
Crosby on the last meeting with Chicago: “It was a great hockey game. We were on the wrong side of things, but not because of lack of effort or chances. It was an up and down game with a lot of skill on display. Games aren’t always like that. I think there’s so much structure in the game it’s hard to find games like that. There’s a few that stick out and that’s certainly one from this year where you look back and it was a fun one to play in and I’m sure fun to watch.”
Coach Sullivan on Chicago: “The last time we played, it was a fast-paced hockey game… We have to manage the puck – we can’t give them freebies.”
Hornqvist on dropping the last 3 games: “I think actually we have been playing pretty good. We haven’t won in the last three games, but our work ethic is there. We just have to find a way to put the puck behind the net and in the net. Other than that I think doing the right thing and trying to get going again.”