RicochetII Posted February 2, 2009 Report Share Posted February 2, 2009 In the second of four meetings between the two teams this season, Montreal will play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night. It was a little over a month ago when the Habs skated into Penguin territory and skated back out with a 3-2 victory, thanks to a hat trick effort by Canadien winger Andrei Kostitsyn. The individual effort by the older Kostitsyn, was the early beginning of a January streak that saw him tally 10 goals and 15 points in 11 games. While Andrei Kostitsyn has cooled off in late January, he has a goal and an assist in his last two games and would love to kick off another hot streak at the expense of the visiting Pens. The Habs' other Andrei, team leading scorer Markov, brings an impressive streak of his own to this confrontation. With 2 goals and 13 points in his last 12 games, Pittsburgh is going to have to keep a close watch on the entire Canadiens complement of Andrei's. While Montreal's top forwards have struggled this season, Pittsburgh's twin dynamos Malkin and Crosby, bring the league's top two point tallies to le belle province. Malkin is 1st overall with 21 goals and 54 assists (75 points) and has a 4 game streak of 6 points on the go (3G 3A). Crosby follows closely behind at 2nd overall with 20 goals and 48 assists (68 points) and an even more impressive streak of 9 points in his last 4 games (3G 6A). While the Canadiens were able to keep Malkin off the score sheet, they were unable to limit Crosby's performance, as he factored in on both Penguins goals, netting one and assisting on the other. Montreal's defenders could find the duo a handful Tuesday night. Of the active rosters for both teams, Malkin leads in every offensive category for the pens, with Crosby taking the edge in faceoffs, while being no offensive slouch himself. The current leaders in the blue, blanque et rouge are the same pair of Andreis' that have had so much success over the last month. Koivu holds the Hab's faceoff crown and draws could prove to be important against an explosive Pittsburgh offense. CONTINUED ... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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