Gameday #34: v. Montreal Canadiens

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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS v. Montreal Canadiens

Consol Energy Center, 7:00 PM, Root Sports

Huge game for the Penguins tonight: they’re looking for a thirteenth straight win, the second seeded team in the East is in town, two new, clutch, additions to the lineup are expected to make their career debuts in a Penguin’s sweater, and for the first time Michel Therrien will be back in town to coach against the team that fired him less than a year removed from making the Stanley Cup Finals. What else do you need?

Okay let’s step back for a second, there’s no guarantee that Morrow is playing tonight, he has deep roots in Dallas so apparently it was more difficult for him to just pack up and leave, and you know what? That’s okay, if anything that just enamors us to him more, all heart in this one to be sure. And okay, Douglas Murray isn’t going to play tonight, as of this writing he hasn’t even left San Jose…. Okay and this isn’t a battle for first in the conference, even with a regulation win the Habs can’t catch the Pens…. And Michel Therrien’s first comment about being back in Pittsburgh was what happened to the Civic Arena… Okay you get the picture.

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Be advised that there were many number changes as result of Morrow’s arrival:

  • Douglas Murray will wear #3.

  • Brenden Morrow has bought the #10 jersey from Tanner Glass.

  • Tanner Glass has bought the #15 jersey from Dustin Jeffrey (which could be funny if DJ ends up getting traded or put on waivers).

  • Dustin Jeffrey will now wear #17.

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In late-breaking news Kris Letang has been activated off of IR. To make room for him Simon Despres has been “sent” to Wilkes Barre, although who knows if he’s actually going there or is getting the Beau Bennett treatment (just a roster move, never actually left the team). Barring any injuries don’t be shocked to see both Despres and Bennett sent to the minors until the start of the playoffs, at which time the team can expand to a 25 man roster.

We know, we know, those guys DON’T deserve to go the minors but short of losing guys to waivers there is no other choice. They can be huge parts of the Pens’ playoff efforts, but for me I don’t want to change the locker room chemistry any more than neccessary.

Flower will be in net, Geno could possibly be a game time decision and Matt Cooke has been playing hurt, which shouldn’t come as a surprise if you’ve watched him recently.

Give Brenden a proper welcome. Go Pens.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjr2FGdFLpk

 

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