Game 67 Preview: Penguins Host Thrashers
3:08 @ Scotiabank Place
|Inside The Game|
|Less than a week has passed since former Pittsburgh Penguins
forwards Colby Armstrong and Erik Christensen were traded to Atlanta
along with a prospect and a pick in return for forwards Marian Hossa and
Pascal Dupuis. But, already, both teams are without one of their
Hossa went down with a sprained MCL midway through his debut with the Penguins, while Armstrong left the Thrashers game last night with what appeared to be some sort of head injury. Ironically, both teams lost their players in a game against the Boston Bruins.
As a result, this afternoon’s game won’t have near the hype that it might have. Even so, it’s a big game for the Penguins, who could find themselves in a first place tie for the Eastern Conference lead with a win.
While the Thrashers certainly aren’t one of the most talented teams in the league, they do have a few very skilled players in Ilya Kovalchuk, Tobias Enstrom and Kari Lehtonen — and they are capable of pulling out a victory in any given game, as evidenced by their two victories over the Penguins this season.
The Penguins, however, need the win more than the Thrashers do, and after losing two straight, a game against the Thrashers could be just what the doctor ordered.
For Marc-Andre Fleury, the doctor hasn’t necessarily ordered anything, but has given the go-ahead so start a game. So, after nearly three months without an NHL start, Fleury will man the pipes for the Penguins.
"I’m pretty excited, a little nervous," Fleury said to Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "It’s been a long time. It will be fun, though, to be back in Pittsburgh."
At the other end of the ice, Lehtonen is expected to get the start.
|Penguins||66||36||23||7||79||2, Atlantic||5, Eastern||8, NHL|
|Thrashers||66||29||31||6||64||3, Southeast||13, Eastern||27, NHL|
Broken Right Wrist
Sports Hernia Surgery
High Ankle Sprain
Broken Leg/Ankle Sprain
|Rucchin, IR||Post-Concussion Syndrome|
|Note: Info up-to-date as of 11:25 am, Sunday, March 2, 2008.|