Saturday, January 07, 2006

Game #41 - vs Thrashers

Atlanta Thrashers at Pittsburgh Penguins

Atlanta - 19-18-6 - 44 pts - 8th in East
Pittsburgh - 11-20-9 - 31 pts - 14th in East - 13 pts out of playoffs

This preview is a simple one. The Pens built some great momentum heading into the game tonight with a terrific third period. They need to carry that into tonight's game. Fleury should be in net. Somebody needs to pound Kovalchuk.

Malone was scratched last night - no surprise, but Tarnstrom was as well. The news articles said it was a "healthy scratch", but considering he only played seven minutes in the previous game (extrememly low for a defensemen), he was either benched big time (which you would have thought that Therrien would comment on) or he's hurt. I'm leaning more towards him being hurt.

This is the halfway point of the season after the game tonight. If they Pens win, they'll need 57 points in 41 games to reach the magical 90 plateau that should get them into the playoffs.

Let's go Pens!

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