The Run for the Cup
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Today, 10:35 AM
07 Sep 2013
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Tonight is the first matchup of what is probably the greatest rivalry in sports. The Pens head to Philly to take on the Flyers. The Penguins are sitting at the top of the Metropolitan division while the Flyers are enjoying the view from the bottom. That doesn't mean a thing though when these two teams meet as the hatred between them runs deep.
Expect mayhem, cheap shots, fights and all the fun that comes with a meeting between these two teams. The Pens camp has made some changes to the lineup tonight in preparation for what is to come. And with former on-ice goon Craig Berube behind the flyers bench as new head coach, there will be dirty play.
Read on after the break for a closer look.
The hurricanes will blow into Pittsburgh tonight to take on the Pens in the third game of the season in what is sure to be an entertaining and exciting game.
Jordan Staal will once again face his old team but its a case of "if you're not with us, then you're against us". Sorry Jordan, you may always hold a special place in Pittsburgh but only when you aren't playing against us.
Heres how things look for tonight
The Penguins come into tonight hoping to start the season 2-0-0 while the Sabres are coming in to tonight still trying to get their first win.
Pens fans had a lot to be happy about after the season opener that saw a shutout against the New Jersey Devils. The Sabres are coming off a tough loss where they only goal scored happened in the final two minutes of the game.
Lets take a look at what we may see tonight...
Theres nothing like playoff hockey and tonight marks game 4 in this second round against the Senators. Tonight the Pens will be looking to bounce from a 2-1 loss in double overtime on Sunday. It was a great game played by both sides especially by Goaltenders Tomas Vokoun (Pens) and Craig Anderson (Sens).
But this is no time to dwell on the past. Tonight will be a big game for both teams. If the Pens can win it they will take 3-1 lead in the series and that means just 1 win for a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Jussi Jokinen may play tonight to give the team a bit of help in the face off circle and we may also see Joe Vitale return the lineup tonight. (If the tuesday practice is anything to go by).
Ottawas Chris Neil, who left the ice after going into the boards sunday favoring his arm, does not appear to be hurt and will apparently play. It also appears Cory Conacher will sit this one out and Mark Stone will take his place. Hopefully, Craig Anderson doesnt stand on his head again. Read on for possible lines.
Puck drops at 7:30
After defending home ice and taking a 2 game lead in the series, the Pens are heading to Ottawa for game 3 against the Senators. Its likely to be a loud and hostile environment as the crowd rallys behind their team and hopes to cheer them onto a victory to try and get back into this series.
Tonight is a do or die situation for the Sens as dropping this game will put them in position where they would have to win 4 in a row to eliminate the Pens and thats not an easy task with an all star team like the Pens have. The Sens are hoping to get that spark from the return of their star center, Jason Spezza. Spezza has been out since January due to back surgery. He may have some rust to still shake off and this playoff hockey so its going to be physical, expect the Pens to put the pressure on him.
The Pens morning skate showed some changes to the lines. Mark Eaton skated with Douglas Murray so it appears Deryk Engelland will be sitting this one out. Read on for possible lines tonight.