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Game #2 ~ Montreal Canadiens @ Pittsburgh Penguins. Saturday, October 6th, 2018.


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CANADIENS (0-0-1) at PENGUINS (1-0-0)




The Game

The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to start their season with a second straight home win when they face the Montreal Canadiens at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday.

Despite winning 7-6 in overtime against the Washington Capitals on Thursday, Pittsburgh wasn't satisfied with its 16 turnovers. Following that game, coach Mike Sullivan stressed the importance of the Penguins playing cleaner against the Canadiens, who lost 3-2 in overtime to the Toronto Maple Leafs in their season opener Wednesday.

Penguins goalie Matt Murray will try to rebound from allowing six goals on 36 shots. He will play opposite Canadiens goalie Carey Price, who allowed three goals on 26 shots.

Montreal gave up five goals in each of its three losses to Pittsburgh last season. Price started one of the three, where he stopped 34 of 39 shots in a 5-3 loss on March 21.


Players to watch

Canadiens forward Max Domi, who has two points (one goal, one assist) in five games against the Penguins, had two assists Wednesday.

Penguins forward Jake Guentzel scored twice against the Capitals on Thursday. Including the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he has 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) in his past 13 games.


They said it

"[The Penguins are] a team with a very good power play and a lot of skilled offensive guys that can hurt you. It doesn't matter who you're on the ice against." -- Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher

"[The Canadiens] have a lot of guys who are trying to prove something. I think that team, as a whole, they're really hungry." -- Penguins forward Bryan Rust

Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Jonathan Drouin -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Joel Armia

Paul Byron -- Max Domi -- Artturi Lehkonen

Charles Hudon -- Matthew Peca -- Andrew Shaw

Victor Mete -- Jeff Petry

Mike Reilly -- Noah Juulsen

Xavier Ouellet -- Jordie Benn

Carey Price

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Tomas Plekanec, Karl AlznerNikita Scherbak

Injured: Nicolas Deslauriers (facial fracture), Jacob de la Rose (cardiac), Shea Weber (knee), David Schlemko (knee)


Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Patric Hornqvist

Carl Hagelin -- Evgeni Malkin -- Phil Kessel

Dominik Simon -- Derick Brassard -- Bryan Rust

Matt Cullen -- Riley Sheahan -- Daniel Sprong

Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang

Olli Maatta -- Jack Johnson

Jamie Oleksiak -- Justin Schultz

Matt Murray

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel, Derek Grant, Juuso Riikola

Injured: None


Status report

Canadiens coach Claude Julien said he would not change the lineup from Wednesday. ... The Penguins are expected to use the same lines and defense pairs from Thursday.


Stat pack

Drouin needs one assist to reach 100 in the NHL. He has nine points (six goals, three assists) in nine games against Pittsburgh. ... Letang, who had three points (two goals, one assist) Thursday, is tied with Paul Coffey for most points by a defenseman in Penguins history (440).



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Just now, kinot-2 said:

Love your GDT, Clues :) .

Unfortunately, we have Bob Cole calling the game. :(


Thanks, kinot! I would have had it up sooner, but apple and pumpkin picking took longer than I expected.

Ahhh Bob Cole. I have not missed him.

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