Originally posted on Red Light District Hockey  |  Last updated 1/20/12

The Morning After:

Yesterday’s results:

Islanders 4, Flyers 1

Penguins 4, Rangers 1

Predators 3, Blue Jackets 0

Maple Leafs 4, Wild 1

Bruins 4, Devils 1

Blues 1, Oilers 0

Jets 4, Sabres 1

Red Wings 3, Coyotes 2 (SO)

Flames 2, Kings 1 (SO)

Senators 4, Sharks 1


RLD 3 stars of the night:

1. Pekka Rinne, NSH (38 saves, shutout)

2. Evgeni Malkin, PIT (2 goals, game-winning goal)

3. Evgeni Nabokov, NYI (40 saves)

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Tonight’s slate:

Capitals @ Hurricanes, 7 PM EST

Canadiens @ Penguins, 7 PM EST

Panthers @ Blackhawks, 8:30 PM EST

Lightning @ Stars, 8:30 PM EST


Game of the night:

Montreal Canadiens @ Pittsburgh Penguins

7:00 ET… TV: RDS, NHL Network


Records:

Overall: Canadiens (17-21-8) … Penguins (26-17-4)

Away/Home: Canadiens (8-9-7) … Penguins (14-10-2)

Last 10: Canadiens (4-5-1) … Penguins (4-6-0)

Season Series: 2-0 Penguins


Starting goaltenders:

MTL- Peter Budaj (2011-12 stats: 2-4-0, 2.51 GAA)

PIT- Brent Johnson (2011-12 stats: 2-5-2, 3.47 GAA)


Injury report:

MTL- Brian Gionta (torn bicep, out), Ryan White (sports hernia, day-to-day) and Andrei Markov (knee, out).

PIT- Sidney Crosby, Jordan Staal and Arron Asham (concussion, out) and Simon Despres (torn MCL, out).


Three things to watch:

1. Malkin's Tear

Evgeni Malkin has been on an absolute tear as of late with two goals last night and seven goals and two assists over his last four games. He may be the best player in the game right now making every time he steps onto the ice a must-see performance. Malkin enters the game in sole possession of the League lead in points.

2. The New Top Line

When Randy Cunneyworth took over as the Habs bench boss we expected him to transform the system into a hard-working image. His newly-promoted top line of David Desharnais, Erik Cole and Max Pacioretty have been just that, putting on a hard hard and getting the job done. The troika combined for 12 points over ther past four games.

3. Letang vs. Pacioretty

The last time these two teams faced each other, the Penguins lost both Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek to concussions. Pacioretty's hit earned him a suspension but the Penguins may be looking for some justice of their own. With Letang missing all-but-one game since these two teams last faced each other, one would expect he would be playing with a chip on his shoulder.

Final thought: The Pittsburgh Penguins are hot but the Montreal Canadiens are fighting for their lives. Both teams should be hungry for the win and therefore will be fun to watch. The Pens got the best of the Habs in the first two games of the season so expect Montreal to be out for blood. Prediction: Penguins 3, Canadiens 2 (OT)

The rest of today’s predictions:

Capitals over Hurricanes

Blackhawks over Panthers

Lightning over Stars


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Five must-read links:

- All Things Avs: If not for Jiggy, Avs backup likely would have been Theodore

- Chicago Blackhawks Report: Rookie Shaw's "legend" growing on Twitter

- Edmonton Journal: Oiler Taylor Hall’s stitches prompt teams to rethink helmets during warm-ups

- Driving Play: Was the Brian Elliott Extension a Good Idea?

- Nicholas J. Cotsonika's Three Periods on Yahoo! Sports: Goalies face unique obstacles in concussion recovery

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