Gameday #15: @ Winnipeg Jets

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The Pens are back in Winnipeg, and as you’ve probably heard, it’s still cold in the ‘Peg.

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Today marks the first time that Eric Tangradi will play against the Penguins. Before we go any further its important to accept, in advance, that he’s going to score tonight. He might even score two. But if you have any doubts if the Pens made the right choice, read this master’s thesis by Mike Colligan. It’s going to be okay, although Big Dawg didn’t exactly praise the Penguins organization in his first interview with the Winnipeg Free Press.

Here’s a couple of Winnipeg’s finest, Arctic Ice and Puck Prospectus breaking down the Tangradi acquisition. These are two of the best advanced stats hockey blogs out there and they seem to believe that Big Dawg can turn it around.

Evander Kane made headlines for criticizing his critics criticizing him for being black. Hey if Winnipeg doesn’t want him…

Beau Bennett will be in the lineup for the Pens, according to Seth Rorabaugh and Empty Netters he’ll take Zach Boychuk’s place. The Pens are expected to role with Cooke on the second line and not throw Bennett to the wolves right away. Fleury should be in net for the Pens.

Time to silence the home crowd. Go Pens.

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