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Pittsburgh Penguins Overall: 35-21-1-71
Road: 18-11-0-36
Montreal Canadiens
Overall:
27-25-6-60
Home: 13-11-4-30

 

Pittsburgh Penguins (35-21-1-71) at Montreal Canadiens (27-25-6-60)


Where: Bell Centre
When:
Saturday, February 6, 2 p.m.
Radio:
WXDX Radio, FM 105.9
TV:
FSN Pittsburgh, the game will be broadcast in HD, available on Armstrong 179, Atlantic Broadband 782, Citizen 737, Comcast 226/774, DISH 428, DirecTV 659 and Verizon Fios 576.

Expectations were through the roof for the Canadiens in ’08-09, one season after posting the best regular-season record in the Eastern Conference. Production did not match the hype as the Canadiens finished the season in eighth place before being swept in the first round by archrival Boston. The streaky Canadiens currently reside in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, although they are also three points away from missing the postseason altogether.

   
   
The Penguins will be looking to complete their first-ever season sweep of the Canadiens. They have twice previously posted unbeaten records against Montreal (1992-93, 2-0-1; 1998-99, 3-0-1). Pittsburgh notched 6-1 and 3-1 victories at Mellon Arena, and overcame a 2-1 deficit at the Bell Centre on Dec. 10 to register a 3-2 victory on Pascal Dupuis’ game-winning goal. Sidney Crosby (4G-1A) and Bill Guerin (1G-4A) have led the way against Montreal with five points in three games. Crosby recorded his third career hat trick against the Canadian on Oct. 28. Marc-Andre Fleury has picked up all three wins in goal for Pittsburgh.
PIT MON PIT MON
G
Crosby (37) Cammalleri (26)
PP
Malkin (10) Metropolit (7)
A
Malkin (38) Plekanec (41)
SH
Staal (2) Moen (2)
PTS
Crosby (71) Plekanec (55)
W/L
Fleury (28-15-1) Halak (16-8-2)
PIM
Rupp (73) Gill (53)
GAA
Fleury (2.59) Halak (2.40)
+/-
Staal (+13) Cammalleri (+10)
SVP
Johnson (.913) Halak (.930)
 
    
Penalty Kill: Although Montreal ranks eighth in the Eastern Conference with 149 goals, they are one of the league’s most dangerous teams with the man-advantage. Only the Washington Capitals have a higher success rate on the power play than that of the Canadiens (25.4 percent). Additionally, two of the four goals Montreal has scored against the Penguins this season have come via the power play. The Penguins penalty kill is on a streak where they have killed 29 of their last 34 shorthanded situations (85.3 percent).

Forechecking Pressure:
Pittsburgh is looking at their first-ever season sweep of the Canadiens because they have tortured Montreal in its own zone. Things might be different with Andrei Markov back in the lineup, but the Montreal defense has had trouble dealing with the speed of the Penguins forwards. If Markov is unable to match wits with Sidney Crosby, who has four goals in three games against the Canadiens, it could be another long afternoon for the home team.
Forwards
Fedotenko-Crosby-Guerin
Dupuis-Staal-Malkin
Cooke-Adams-Kennedy
Rupp-TBD-TBD

Defense
Gonchar-Orpik
Eaton-Letang
McKee-Goligoski

Netminder
Fleury
 
    
F Chris Kunitz, abdominal (indefinitely)
F Eric Godard, groin (3-5 weeks)
F Maxime Talbot, undisclosed (day-to-day)
F Mike Cammalleri, right knee (six weeks)
F Andrei Kostitsyn, lower body (indefinitely)
D Paul Mara, upper body (day-to-day)

Kris Letang

The Penguins’ third-leading scorer among defensemen has notched seven points (1G-6A) over his past nine games.


Jaroslav Halak

While once again seizing the starting job, Halak has posted an 11-4-1 record over his past 16 appearances.


 
 

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