Monday, December 3, 2007

Mr. Gretzky Goes To Pittsburgh

The Mark Recchi bobblehead giveaway tonight?

Tonight the Coyotes are in town, carrying a 11-13 record and the Penguins have a great chance to pick up 2 points in the standings.

Maxime Talbot
will not be wearing a Sidney Crosby jersey tonight
, he'll be in his #25 and is expected to be back in the lineup. It's not known which Penguin will be scratched; supposedly Georges Laraque has had a cranky back but all other forwards are healthy. My guess would be Jarrko Ruutu or Adam Hall; neither has played poorly, but with a hectic schedule coming up, the Penguins need to get Talbot in the lineup and back on track.

The news isn't so good for #1 defenseman Sergei Gonchar. His groin will, in all likelihood, hold him out for another game. His abscene was starting to be noticable to the blueline, hopefully the likes of Ryan Whitney and Kris Letang can pickup the slack on the powerplay and try to make something happen.

As usual, Old Man Recchi is not expected to be in the lineup tonight; another healthy scratch, despite the fact that it's his bobblehead night to commemorate his 500th goal from last season.
My prediction: A Pens win if they score first or early. If they fall in an early hole, a win is not guaranteed, even if Phoenix is considered one of the weakest and least skilled teams in the NHL.

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