Atlanta Thrashers (22-10-6, 50 pts) at Pittsburgh Penguins (15-14-6, 36 pts)
The Pens return home tonight to play the Thrashers for the third time in the past three weeks. The Thrashers are a lot like the Pens in that they're quite streaky. They're different in that their hot streaks are longer and more frequent than the Pens.
Right now, the Thrashers are hot. They've won 4 in a row, and done so largely without the assistance of their fearsome power play. Except for their win against the Pens last Thursday, they haven't scored a power play goal on their win streak.
The Penguins are on the other side of the tracks right now, having been thumped pretty badly in three of their last four games. Their power play has been non-existent, and their PK hasn't been much better (I'm not counting the games against the Devils and Blues - the PP on those teams isn't anything to write home about), allowing NINE goals in three recent games against the Isles, Canadiens and Thrashers.
Expect this one to be anything but a snoozer like last night. This should be up tempo, with lots of speed and end to end action.
According to PittsburghSportsInsider.com, Fleury will be in goal (good) with Moore and Petro being the healthy scratches. Christensen gets another chance on the second line with Malkin and Army.
Thrashers Blog - Try Do The Thrashers Have Large Talons? - this guy is in Pittsburgh tonight with a shirt showing Kovalchuk pointing the glove. If you see him at the game, be sure to be polite (and protect him from any drunken yinzers who are distraught over their beloved Stillers).
The Pens are back home, so the PK should be much better (even sans Moore). I'm hoping for a win to turn things around.
Let's Go Pens!