Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Return of Marian Hossa and a Stanley Cup Preview!

Remember that guy above? Well he's back as are about 6 other extremely talented and dangerous players. They include Toews, Kane, Sharp, Seabrook, Versteeg, and Keith. Last year if you remember Geno scored the GW goal at Chicago in OT to win the game. It was a very exciting back and forth game which featured Mr. Toews recording a hat trick. That was also Kunitz's first game in a Pens uni and he had a goal, unfortunately or fortunately he's not playin' tonight.

Hossa will be back in Pittsburgh for the first time since his Finals chokestry. How will he play? The boo birds will be out in full force and I can't wait. But he's not the whole team, the weapons mentioned above will be present as well. The Hawks lost 4-1 last night in Nashville so they'll be out for revenge tonight but they'll also be tired.

Crosby will not play tonight because of some groin complications. He said it's been bothering him the past 3 to 4 days. That's unfortunate. But you know who tends to play like an absolute monster when Sid's not in? That Geno guy. Look for him to erupt like a volcano and take the game over. He's been due for a big game the past couple weeks. He'll need guys like Feds and Dupuis to help though.

Mark Letestu was called up from WB/S and he'll be in the lineup tonight. He has 13 pts in 14 AHL games. Chris Bourque who was waived by the Pens yesterday was picked up by the Caps today, LOL. They're the team who originally released him a month ago. Bourque was unimpressive and he was easily outmuscled by opposing players. Good luck Chris maybe you'll find success with Ovie and Co.

On a good note, the Pens will get Cooke back in the lineup today. Cooke is done serving his 2 game suspension and he'll be a gritty addition to tonight's lineup. It's unfortunate that Sid will be out but the Pens can still handle the Hawks. Huet is supposed to start in net and part of the Hawks success has been in goal, he's 13-6-2 with a 2.24 gaa. Very good numbers for a historically inconsistent goalie.

The Pens D will have their hands full but I think they're up for the challenge. This Pens team is a lot more confident than they were when they first faced the Hawks last year. The defense is doing a superb job of taking time and space away. Orpik has been a hitting machine, Skoula has been a blessing, and overall the D is minimizing the number of mistakes they make. Watch out for some of the under the radar Hawks: Byfuglien, Brouwer, and Ladd. All three are big bodies who will be in Fleury's face all night, especially Byfuglien and Ladd.

No Crosby, no mercy. Let's go Pens!


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