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Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby Crankshaft on Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:52 pm

Pittsburgh Penguins (48-23-5) vs Winnipeg Jets (34-33-10)
April 3rd, 2014 - 8:00 PM EST

Season Series
This is the second and final game between these teams. The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Winnipeg Jets 6-5 on Jan. 5 in a game that had five lead changes. Penguins forwards James Neal and Evgeni Malkin and Jets left wing Evander Kane scored two goals apiece.

Big Story
The Jets are on the brink of elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoff race; a combination of one regulation loss and one win by either the Dallas Stars or Phoenix Coyotes would keep the franchise out of the postseason for a seventh straight season. The Penguins need one point to earn their third division title in the past four seasons, but can achieve the same result with one lost point by the Metropolitan Division-rival Philadelphia Flyers.

Who's Hot
Crosby is in the midst of a five-game point streak for the Penguins, totaling two goals and four assists.

Jets right wing Blake Wheeler has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in the past 10 games.

Injury Report
- Penguins center Joe Vitale (upper body) has been out since March 20 and is questionable for Thursday.
- Forwards Marcel Goc (foot) and Malkin (foot) are not expected to return until the playoffs.
- Goalie Tomas Vokoun (blood clot in hip), forwards Pascal Dupuis (right knee surgery) and Chris Conner (hand surgery) and defensemen Kris Letang (stroke) are on injured reserve.

- Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian (upper body) and Keaton Ellerby (lower body) are day-to-day.
- Backup goalie Al Montoya (lower body) is questionable.
- Defenseman Grant Clitsome (back surgery) and forwards Mark Scheifele (sprained MCL), Chris Thorburn (broken foot) and James Wright (sprained ankle) are on injured reserve.

Projected Lineups:
- PAUL MARTIN RETURNS (source: http://goo.gl/WAz4in)
- No morning skate, so no projected line-ups as of yet. Keep checking http://www.twitter.com/penguins for tonight's lineup.

Penguins
Dan Bylsma will be trying for his 250th win as an NHL coach when the Penguins take the ice in Winnipeg, and a big reason for his success since taking over in February 2009 has been an offense led by Sidney Crosby. The Penguins' captain reached 100 points for the fifth time in his career with an assist in a 4-1 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Crosby is running away with the League scoring title despite playing for a team that has lost 479 man-games to injury. He's also making a strong case for the Hart Trophy as League MVP.

"He's 17 points ahead of the next guy [Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf]. That's pretty amazing," Bylsma told the team's website Wednesday. "You can make a fair amount of money in this League getting 20 points, let alone 20 more points than the second-most."


Jets
Winnipeg returns home Thursday after going 2-2-1 on a five-game road trip. With their playoff fate in the hands of a number of other teams in the Western Conference, the Jets are focusing on ending the season on a high note.

They bounced back from surrendering a 4-0 lead and losing 5-4 in overtime to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday by playing a disciplined defensive game and defeating the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 in a shootout Tuesday. The win bumped Phoenix out of the final wild-card spot in the West for the time being.

"It was such a tough, tough way to come into this building," coach Paul Maurice said Tuesday after the game. "Just to be able to rebound after [Monday] and find a way. I couldn't be happier for the guys."


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LETS GO PENS!
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby slappybrown on Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:20 pm

Let us go pens
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby JS© on Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:34 pm

http://fuldans.se/?v=xapeifcwtg

Olli Jokinen has some moves.
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby shafnutz05 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:53 pm

slappybrown wrote:Let us go pens


Spelled out, "Let's Go" sounds so dumb
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby columbia on Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:54 pm

Become Good Pens!
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby sharpshootr55 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:54 pm

Welcome back Paul Martin!

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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby NashvilleCat on Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:57 pm

sharpshootr55 wrote:Welcome back Paul Martin!

Should be a big boost once he gets to game shape.
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby sharpshootr55 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:02 pm

Dan sounds a bit under the weather.
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby Hugo Stiglitz on Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:05 pm

sharpshootr55 wrote:Dan sounds a bit under the weather.


Maybe he'll take some cold meds, cloud his judgement and good choices will be made?
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby topshelf66 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:09 pm

Let's Go Pens
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby 71Aj66ax87 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:09 pm

topshelf66 wrote:Let's Go Pens
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby Hugo Stiglitz on Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:10 pm

What are the lines?
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby FreeCandy44 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:11 pm

columbia wrote:Become Good Pens!
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby Hugo Stiglitz on Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:11 pm

Do my eyes deceive me or was 59 actually on the third line over Pyatt?
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby BurghThing on Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:13 pm

Dan must be sick. He started Beau on Sid's right wing.
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby Hugo Stiglitz on Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:15 pm

This game could get ugly...for the Pens
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby ar5 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:15 pm

Hate to see Stemper on line 3, what with the instant chemistry he had with Crosby/Kuni. But he will add some much needed 2way defensive play on that line..

Already a gorgeous bank pass to himself off the boards with a bad angle shot which created a juicy rebound.
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby FreeCandy44 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:15 pm

LGP
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby columbia on Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:17 pm

Very little ice time for JJ and Neal so far.
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby FreeCandy44 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:19 pm

Did Winnipegs coach take a puck to the head?
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby BurghThing on Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:19 pm

I think Steiggy stole Dan's cold medicine, he hasn't got anyone's name right yet
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby sharpshootr55 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:20 pm

Glass is a wrecking ball, love it.
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby columbia on Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:21 pm

I like that 3rd line combo a lot.
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby topshelf66 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:23 pm

Turkey on table
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins @ Jets 4/3/2014

Postby Take the Body Shoot the Puck on Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:23 pm

Hugo Stiglitz wrote:Do my eyes deceive me or was 59 actually on the third line over Pyatt?


Nope Glass is on line 3 instead of Megna, of course.
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