Montreal Canadiens (20-6-5) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (25-8-0)
ROOT, TSN-HABS, RDS - 7:00 pm/et
Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
The Pittsburgh Penguins' current winning streak and a million "March of the Penguins" references all started with a crazy overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens. Now the Pens sit in first place in the East, while the Habs are five points behind in second place.
There's so much stuff going on in this game: Michel Therrien is making his return to Pittsburgh tonight as head coach of the Canadiens. Kris Letang is off of IR (and he's a game-time decision for tonight) and Simon Despres has been sent down. Brenden Morrow wil make his Penguins debut.
Season Series: 1-0-0
Last meeting that counted: March 2, 2013. Penguins won 7-6 [OT].
What we said in our recap:
The Pens could be 0-81, and a win in Montreal would be huge. The Pens stunned the 21K+ Habs fans with a thrilling OT win in one of the crazier, more entertaining games you'll see.
The win doesn't excuse the semi-mess this team is right now. The defense is as bad as it has been all season. Tomas Vokoun doesn't even appear to know what is happening, and he started over the franchise goaltender. Right now, despite being in the hunt for the Eastern Conference's number-one overall spot, they just don't seem like a team that could go deep in the playoffs. Some of these issues have been around since before Geno went down.
We are so S-M-R-T.
Know Your Enemy: All Habs
What they're saying:
The Montreal Canadiens will look to bounce back when visiting the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday night, after suffering their second regulation time loss in their past twenty games Saturday night, at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres. Things couldn’t be better for the Penguins, who have a perfect record in March, running a 12-0-0 winning streak. During this winning streak, the Penguins have outscored their opponents 45-26. The Penguins now have a nine game winning streak at home and the Habs will look to put a stop to it with their not-too-shabby record of 11-2-2 on the road.
Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:
Kunitz - Crosby - Dupuis
Morrow - Jeffrey - Neal
Bennett - Sutter - Kennedy
Glass - Vitale - Adams
Orpik - Martin
Niskanen - Eaton
Bortuzzo - Engelland
Montreal Canadiens Lines:
Pacioretty - Desharnais - Gallagher
Ryder - Plekanec - Gionta
Galchenyuk - Eller - Armstrong
Moen - Halpern - Dumont
Markov - Emelin
Gorges - Subban
Bouillon - Bouillon
Penguins line via Penguins.NHL.com.
Habs lines via Daily Faceoff.