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Game #24 Habs vs Penguins Sat 26th November 2011 7 pm EST


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PREVIEW:

PENGUINS (13-6-4) at CANADIENS (10-10-3)

TV: CBC, RDS (HD), NHLN-US, ROOT (HD)

Last 10: Pittsburgh (5-3-2); Montreal (5-4-1)

Season Series: This will be the second of four meetings this season between the two clubs. Pittsburgh took care of Montreal on home ice, 3-1, on Oct. 20. James Neal, Arron Asham and Joe Vitale delivered for the Penguins, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 18 of 19 shots in a winning effort.

Big Story: When the Penguins visit Montreal, it will mark the first Sidney Crosby visit to Canada since Dec. 26, 2010, three games before the Pens' captain suffered a concussion. Both clubs are playing in the second of back-to-back games. While the Penguins are riding the momentum from Crosby's return to the lineup, the Habs aim to get back on the winning track and feel good about themselves entering the month of December.

Team Scope:

Penguins: After a recent skid, in which the club lost three of four games, including two straight during a trip to Florida, the Penguins rebounded nicely with points in three consecutive games, including wins against the New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators. Incidentally, the team's recent success began with the return of Crosby, who has 7 points in the three games since returning to the ice.

The Pens are coming off a dominant effort against Ottawa Friday night. After trailing early, the team surged to what was a 6-3 victory and were led by Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, who combined for 5 points in the win. Giving up the first goal has become a recent trend for the Penguins, so when the Senators struck first, it was important for the club to bounce back, which they did and cruised to an eventual win.

"There was a talk on our bench right away about a response," coach Dan Bylsma said, referring to giving up the early goal. "And before you could hear the echo, we had responded. It continued from there."

Canadiens: Friday night didn't go as planned for the Canadiens, who lost to the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1, on the road. This month hasn't treated the Habs too well, either, as the club has won consecutive games just once against Phoenix and Nashville on Nov. 10 and Nov. 12, respectively. Despite the recent up-and-down play, the Habs are still in the thick of things in the east, trailing the Northeast Division leader Toronto by five points.

One way to get back on track will be to win at home, a task that has eluded the team so far. The Habs are just 4-5-3 in front of Canadiens Nation. Special teams are often the cure and while the Habs have the League's best penalty-killing unit, they are in the bottom third on the power play.

"We're going to have to find solutions," defenseman Josh Gorges said. "We need to be turning our chances on the power play into goals. I'm not trying to be critical of the guys on the ice when have the man-advantage, either. We just need to find a way to score those goals."

Who's Hot: Crosby has led the way for the Penguins, collecting a 4-point night and a 3-point night in three games since being back. ... The Candiens have relied on Mike Cammalleri and his points in three of the past five games.

Injury Report: Dustin Jeffrey (knee), Ben Lovejoy (wrist) and Brian Strait (elbow) remain out for the Pens, while Scott Gomez (groin), Jaroslav Spacek (undisclosed), Andrei Kostitsyn (lower body) and Andrei Markov (knee) are out for the Candiens.

Stat Pack: The Penguins are seventh in the League in goals-per-game, while the Canadiens are ranked seventh in goals-against.

Puck Drop: The Habs bring a streak of 40 consecutive penalties killed into the game against Pittsburgh.

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PLAYER STATS:

Habs:

14 C TOMAS PLEKANEC 23 5 15 20 2 18 2 0 2 68 7.4

67 L MAX PACIORETTY 23 9 8 17 1 16 0 0 1 82 11.0

21 R BRIAN GIONTA 23 7 6 13 -1 14 2 0 0 57 12.3

72 L ERIK COLE 23 6 6 12 -1 8 3 0 1 71 8.5

51 C DAVID DESHARNAIS 23 3 9 12 -2 12 1 0 1 20 15.0

13 L MICHAEL CAMMALLERI 18 5 6 11 -3 0 0 0 1 61 8.2

26 D JOSH GORGES 23 1 9 10 9 14 0 0 1 20 5.0

32 L TRAVIS MOEN 23 7 2 9 5 26 0 1 0 25 28.0

46 L ANDREI KOSTITSYN 13 5 4 9 1 6 1 0 2 30 16.7

76 D P.K. SUBBAN 23 1 8 9 -1 31 0 0 0 61 1.6

68 D YANNICK WEBER 23 3 5 8 2 12 3 0 0 43 7.0

81 C LARS ELLER 21 2 5 7 3 12 0 1 0 31 6.5

61 D RAPHAEL DIAZ 23 1 5 6 -6 8 0 0 0 28 3.6

11 C SCOTT GOMEZ 13 0 4 4 -3 4 0 0 0 27 0.0

6 D JAROSLAV SPACEK 12 0 3 3 2 2 0 0 0 5 0.0

75 D HAL GILL 18 0 2 2 -2 10 0 0 0 17 0.0

52 L MATHIEU DARCHE 23 1 0 1 -3 6 0 0 0 34 2.9

15 C PETTERI NOKELAINEN 16 1 0 1 -2 22 0 0 0 9 11.1

17 D CHRIS CAMPOLI 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0

74 D ALEXEI EMELIN 15 0 0 0 -4 4 0 0 0 14 0.0

45 R MIKE BLUNDEN 8 0 0 0 -2 7 0 0 0 4 0.0

62 D FRÉDÉRIC ST-DENIS 5 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 3 0.0

60 R AARON PALUSHAJ 13 0 0 0 -1 4 0 0 0 6 0.0

63 C ANDREAS ENGQVIST 8 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0.0

Pens:

18 L JAMES NEAL 23 13 9 22 -2 18 6 0 2 95 13.7

71 C EVGENI MALKIN 16 7 13 20 0 16 3 0 3 70 10.0

9 R PASCAL DUPUIS 23 5 13 18 10 6 0 1 1 65 7.7

58 D KRIS LETANG 21 2 16 18 3 12 1 0 0 58 3.4

11 C JORDAN STAAL 21 11 6 17 6 12 2 1 0 47 23.4

14 L CHRIS KUNITZ 23 8 4 12 2 8 2 0 1 70 11.4

26 L STEVE SULLIVAN 23 4 7 11 -1 4 3 0 0 44 9.1

24 L MATT COOKE 23 5 5 10 3 8 1 1 0 37 13.5

48 C TYLER KENNEDY 12 3 6 9 2 6 0 0 0 40 7.5

87 C SIDNEY CROSBY 3 2 5 7 5 8 0 0 1 12 16.7

12 R RICHARD PARK 19 2 4 6 -2 8 0 1 1 14 14.3

45 R ARRON ASHAM 22 1 5 6 -5 28 0 0 0 17 5.9

7 D PAUL MARTIN 23 0 6 6 -8 8 0 0 0 33 0.0

5 D DERYK ENGELLAND 23 1 5 6 4 23 0 0 0 25 4.0

2 D MATT NISKANEN 22 1 4 5 8 14 1 0 0 38 2.6

44 D BROOKS ORPIK 15 2 2 4 1 10 0 0 0 11 18.2

4 D ZBYNEK MICHALEK 13 1 3 4 -6 8 0 0 0 21 4.8

46 C JOE VITALE 21 1 3 4 -2 6 0 0 1 20 5.0

27 R CRAIG ADAMS 23 1 2 3 -6 9 0 0 0 18 5.6

6 D BEN LOVEJOY 13 0 1 1 1 11 0 0 0 15 0.0

54 D ALEXANDRE PICARD 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 0.0

33 L STEVE MACINTYRE 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.0

37 D BRIAN STRAIT 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0

25 L ERIC TANGRADI 2 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0

15 L DUSTIN JEFFREY 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.0

41 D ROBERT BORTUZZO 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.0

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Sorry for being late guys....

GO HABS GO!!!!

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Sorry for being late guys....

Hey.....with a GDT like this....it was worth the wait.....nice job dude.B)

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Whats a Pen's GDT without at least one Crosby pic ??? :lol:

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Well, I don't speak French, but I'll try to translate......

renhockey Renaud P Lavoie

"penguins Sidney Crosby est arrivé en taxi au Centre Bell ce soir. Sous les cris de plusieurs jeunes femmes. #Iwantbearockstar"

OK, let's see.....Sidney Crosby's attempt to explode a taxi upon his arrival at the Bell Center went sour. So he cried into his pillow like a girl. Then he requested an energy drink that didn't cost as much as a Red Bull.

Some things never change, eh?

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Will be AK46 finnaly rdy tonight? On Hockey I/O is optimistic expression "Andrei Kostitsyn may be back in the lineup"

How about that? :huh:

Game time decision. I have a feeling he's in.

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Well, I don't speak French, but I'll try to translate......

renhockey Renaud P Lavoie

"penguins Sidney Crosby est arrivé en taxi au Centre Bell ce soir. Sous les cris de plusieurs jeunes femmes. #Iwantbearockstar"

OK, let's see.....Sidney Crosby's attempt to explode a taxi upon his arrival at the Bell Center went sour. So he cried into his pillow like a girl. Then he requested an energy drink that didn't cost as much as a Red Bull.

:lol:

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Well, I don't speak French, but I'll try to translate......

renhockey Renaud P Lavoie

"penguins Sidney Crosby est arrivé en taxi au Centre Bell ce soir. Sous les cris de plusieurs jeunes femmes. #Iwantbearockstar"

OK, let's see.....Sidney Crosby's attempt to explode a taxi upon his arrival at the Bell Center went sour. So he cried into his pillow like a girl. Then he requested an energy drink that didn't cost as much as a Red Bull.

Some things never change, eh?

No I guess not

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Well, I don't speak French, but I'll try to translate......

renhockey Renaud P Lavoie

"penguins Sidney Crosby est arrivé en taxi au Centre Bell ce soir. Sous les cris de plusieurs jeunes femmes. #Iwantbearockstar"

OK, let's see.....Sidney Crosby's attempt to explode a taxi upon his arrival at the Bell Center went sour. So he cried into his pillow like a girl. Then he requested an energy drink that didn't cost as much as a Red Bull.

Some things never change, eh?

:lol: :lol: you almost got it right ;)

Crosby arrived at the Bell Centre in a taxi tonight , welcomed by the cries of several young women

I think Lavoie was a bit generous here , I think the reality was more 'fan girlies' than 'young women'

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Crosby should have been suspended for his blatant elbow(headshot) to the head of Foligno.

Doesn't matter how hard it was, the guy is a complete idiot. He just came back from being out close to a year because of headshots. He goes and elbows someone in the head in his third game back. What a joke, wonder how everyone would react if the roles were reversed there.

Canadiens better show up...*shakes fist* <_<

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Crosby should have been suspended for his blatant elbow(headshot) to the head of Foligno.

:lol: :lol: :lol:.....after coming back from a yr out.......NHL had his parade/party last week.........yea,their gonna get right on that.

note to FH: send your 'are you ready' post to the Habs dressing room when you post it, they need it more than we do, considering they only play the sound track at the beginning of the 2nd and the 3rd at the Bell Centre since last year <_<

Find me the link to send it via dressing room......and I would.B)

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having missed friday's game- WHICH i can say was a joy- as it was a loss as everyone knows, and since i thought it was a night game i can honestly and truly say i spent the minutes after finding out about the loss in careless disregard for everyting- and so forth...

as for tonights game...

i missed the last one didn't i?

all right. where are we now? :lol:

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all right. where are we now? :lol:

stay with us here Arch :lol:

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