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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Game Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins @ Colorado Avalanche


Game Time: 3:00pm/ET
From: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
Penguins Record: 20-18-4 (10th in Eastern Conference)
Predators Record: 21-19-1 (9th in Western Conference)
Last Meeting: November 1st, 2007 @ Colorado (3-2 Avs)

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS LINE COMBINATIONS:
Tyler Kennedy - Sidney Crosby - Jordan Staal
Miroslav Satan - Evgeni Malkin - Petr Sykora
Alex Goligoski - Maxime Talbot - Matt Cooke
Dustin Jeffrey - Eric Godard - Tim Wallace

Brooks Opik - Ryan Whitney
Mark Eaton - Phillipe Boucher
Rob Scuderi - Kris Letang

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS PROBABLE GOALTENDER:
Marc-Andre Fleury (12-10-2 / 2.97 GAA / .904 SV%)

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS INJURIES:
Sergei Gonchar (left shoulder surgery) - on injured reserve
Mike Zigomanis (shoulder) - on injured reserve
Ruslan Fedotenko (brokem hand) - on injured reserve
Pascal Dupuis (undisclosed) - day-to-day, will miss today's game


COLORADO AVALANCHE LINE COMBINATIONS:
Wojtek Wolski - David Jones - Milan Hejduk
Ryan Smyth - T.J. Hensick - Chris Stewart
Darcy Tucker - Tyler Arnason - Marek Svatos
Cody McLeod - Paul Stastny - Brian Willsie

Brett Clark - Scott Hannan
Jordan Leopold - John-Michael Liles
Daniel Tjarnqvist - Ruslan Salei

COLORADO AVALANCHE PROBABLE GOALTENDER:
Andrew Raycroft (8-1-0 / 2.53 GAA / .908 SV%)

COLORADO AVALANCHE INJURIES:
Joe Sakic (back surgery/broken fingers) - on injured reserve
Paul Stastny (right forearm surgery) - on injured reserve
Cody McCormick (stress fracture in left foot) - on injured reserve
Adam Foote (triceps) - on injured reserve
Ian Laperriere (tightness in back) - day-to-day, will likely miss tonight's game


PENGUINS LEADERS:
GOALS: Malkin/Crosby (16)
ASSISTS: Malkin (48)
POINTS: Malkin (63)
+/-: Malkin (+15)

COLORADO AVALANCHE LEADERS:
GOALS: Hejduk (13)
ASSISTS: Stastny (21)
POINTS: Stastny (31)
+/-: Laperriere (+5)


The Colorado Avalanche are in a similar situation as the Pittsburgh Penguins. There team has a number of key injuries, they are currently not winning many games and they are looking at the playoff picture from the outside.

That doesn't mean this will be an easier game for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

As we saw on Thursday night, this Pittsburgh team has the ability to lose to anyone at anytime, regardless of the current situation.

Chris Minard has been called up for the Penguins, but it doesn't look like he will be in the line-up today. The Pittsburgh Penguins line-up is identical to the one that started the game in Nashville. Hopefully they finish the game better than they did on Thursday night.

Prediction: 5-3 Penguins

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