kinot-1 Posted January 9, 2016 Report Share Posted January 9, 2016 IT'S TONITE THOSE PESKY LITTLE FLIGHTLESS BIRDS FROM THE ANTARCTIC (and South Africa) WILL BE AT THE BELL CENTER TO TAKE ON OUR HABS. 7:00 PM CBC, TVAS, TSN Radio 690 THE USUAL STUFF Montreal looks to post back-to-back wins for the first time since late November. The Canadiens are 4 for 48 on the power play in their last 16 games. Special teams have recently been a strong point for Pittsburgh (19-16-5), which has held opponents without a goal in 20 power-play opportunities over its last eight and is 10 for 28 (35.7 percent) on its own chances in the previous nine. Forwards Bryan Rust and Tom Kuhnhackl took part in practice Friday after being recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Rust skated at left wing on the third line and Kuhnhackl on the right with Nick Bonino as their center. Rust, 23, has one goal in 19 games with Pittsburgh over the past two seasons; Kuhnhackl, 23, is looking to make his NHL debut. "Kuhnhackl's good with puck possession. He can help with the puck on the wall below the hash marks," coach Mike Sullivan said in comments tweeted by the Penguins. Forward Sergei Plotnikov skated as an extra. Pittsburgh comes off being swept in a home-and-home by the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. "Lots of mistakes, but … if we play right, we can win," forward Evgeni Malkin said. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is 1-1-1 with a .934 save percentage in three starts since returning from a concussion. Defenseman Jeff Petry will not be in the lineup. He missed practice Friday with a lower-body injury and is day-to-day. Greg Pateryn will take his place. Montreal kept its forward lines intact from a 2-1 win against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday. Fleischmann, who played the first 41 games this season, will be a healthy scratch for the second straight. Goalie Mike Condon will get the start. Condon has won three straight, allowing five total goals with a .943 save percentage, after losing seven consecutive decisions from Dec. 3-26. The Canadiens are trying to string together consecutive wins for the first time since they won four in a row from Nov. 20-27. "It's time for us to play the right way for a couple of games in a row," captain Max Pacioretty said in comments tweeted by the Canadiens. The first three games in their previous win streak were started by goalie Carey Price [lower body]; he isn't expected back before the All-Star break, coach Michel Therrien confirmed Friday. The Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins have split two games this season at Consol Energy Center. Canadiens forward Tomas Fleischmann scored 5:20 into the third period for a 3-2 win on Oct. 13. Penguins forwards David Perron and Sidney Crosby scored in the shootout for a 4-3 win on Nov. 11. Habs Special Teams: PP is 18.6% PK is 84.8% PPO, 140 TSH, 138 I can't believe it's not butter is a healthy scratch. Pitts Special Teams; PP is 18.7% PK is 87.4% PPO, 134 TSH 131 kinot'-1's GDT Record 10-6-1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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