Game 1: Penguins At Canucks Preview: So It Begins.

PENGUINS
CANUCKS

AT

Time Thurs. 7:00 PM PST
TV CBC, Versus
Season Series 0-0
Last Meeting
3-1 Penguins (Nov. 17/11)
The Enemy Pensburgh Scoring Leaders

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What a terrific way to start the regular season: at home against the stinking Penguins! I say "stinking" because I can't stand that team. Never did like them.  Was there ever a super-sized NHL superstar who played like a diving/embellishing wimp like Mario? "Don't live in the past, Zandberg," I keep having to tell myself. "This ain't the Pens of the early 90's."

But then this happens:

He killed Willie! That bastard! My fave Canucks defenceman of all time never played another game in a Vancouver uni. I want Malkin's head on a platter! Stick your hip out Hammer. Send this clown to infinite and beyond!

Make no mistake. This Penguins squad is going to be solid this year. This is a stiff test for the Canucks right off the bat.

STARTING GOALTENDERS


Roberto Luongo

#1 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-3

217

Apr 04, 1979



Marc-Andre Fleury

#29 / Goalie / Pittsburgh Penguins

6-2

180

Nov 28, 1984



LINEUPS (unofficial)

For the Canucks:

Burrows-H.Sedin-D. Sedin

Samuelsson-Hodgson-Higgins

Sturm-Malhotra-Hansen

Weise-Lapierre-Ebbett

Hamhuis-Bieksa

Edler-Salo

Ballard-Tanev

For the Penguins:

Steve Sullivan-Evgeni Malkin-James Neal

Chris Kunitz-Jordan Staal-Tyler Kennedy

Matt Cooke-Mark Letestu-Pascal Dupuis

Arron Asham-Joe Vitale-Craig Adams

Paul Martin-Zbynek Michalek

Kris Letang-Deryk Engelland

Matt Niskanen-Ben Lovejoy

MISC

-Just a heads up, odds are the Canucks will raise the Western Conference Champions banner pre game.

-The EA Sports NHL 12 simulation for this season "projects" the Penguins to win the Stanley Cup. Funny, because mine had the Blackhawks winning. Updated rosters and all. BAH!!

-There is a slim chance that Pens D Brooks Orpik plays in the season opener. (Pittsburgh Tribune)

-Imagine this: Crosby, Malkin and Staal have played together in only seven of the past 96 games dating to Round 2 of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs. (Pitts Tribune)


VIDEO

The last meeting:

Same game: Ballard hip checks Malkin (thank you, Keith!):

Hell yeah! It's on! Let's get this party started! By the way, enjoy this one, because the next Canucks game isn't until MONDAY. Yeah. Enjoy your hangover on Friday, haha!

Photobucket

Hat tip to Semi_Colon for making that beauty 'shop.

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