Good Evening, Penguins fans, and welcome to your Game Day Thread. Tonight, Letsgopens.com brings you the Pittsburgh Penguins vs the Dallas Stars in an Interconference matchup.
First, thank you Veterans!
9-3-3 vs 11-3-0 Game time 7:00 PM, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
TV: ROOT Sports, FS Southwest Radio: WXDX and the Penguins Radio Network, Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket
Marc-Andre Fleury, 8-2-1, 1.95 GAA, .931 SV% vs Kari Lehtonen, 11-1-0, 2.13 GAA, .936 SV%
*The Penguins called Winger Eric Tangradi up from Wilkes-Barre yesterday. He will be in the lineup tonight. *Tonight's game will be the first for Penguins Matt Niskanen and James Neal, and Star Alex Goligoski, against their former teams. The three were traded for each other in February. *The Penguins had a group of Veterans in for the morning skate today. Owner Mario Lemieux signed autographs. *Kari Lehtonen, with a stellar 11-1 record, will start between the pipes for Dallas.
"I just need to play my game and not worry about anything else, not be too nervous and worry about doing more than I am capable of and just playing my game." - Winger Eric Tangradi on playing his first NHL game of the season.
"He had a good week of practice and is progressing, but he won't be playing this weekend. We're not keeping a secret. When he's going to play, we'll make sure we let you know." - Penguins Head Coach Dan Bylsma on the potential return of Center Sidney Crosby.
“It's a good measuring stick for us. We're trying to gauge ourselves against the league, coming into Washington and then going to Pittsburgh and Detroit.” - Stars Head Coach Glenn Gulutzan on his team's current tough three-game road trip.
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The Penguins lost in Dallas, 5-2. Down 3 goals in the second, Sidney Crosby squared off against current teammate Matt Niskanen.
Sidney Crosby and Tyler Kennedy are out with concussions. Zbynek Michalek is out with a broken hand. Ben Lovejoy is out with a broken wrist. For the Stars, Steve Ott is out with a lower body injury.
TONIGHT'S GORDIE HOWE HAT TRICK (for your pregame or intermission enjoyment):
Goal: Michel Briere's first NHL goal
Assist: Larry Murphy gives Mario a nice breakout pass, but the goal....
Fight: The aforementioned Crosby-Niskanen kerfuffle
Respect the game, Respect the other posters, keep the JuJu good, remember that pucks, like baseballs, can sometimes leave the playing surface, and most importantly, have fun!