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SidTheKid
12-18-2008, 06:25 PM
THE FUNDAMENTALS
Pittsburgh Penguins (16-10-4-36) at Atlanta Thrashers (10-16-4-24)

Where: Philips Arena
When: Thursday, December 18 at 7 p.m.
Radio: WXDX Radio, FM 105.9
TV: FSN Pittsburgh, the game will be broadcast in HD, available on Armstrong 179, Atlantic Broadband 782, Citizen 737, Comcast 226/774, DISH 428 and DirecTV 659.
*View FSN's HD Broadcast Schedule here
Season Series: Pittsburgh leads 1-0-0. Pittsburgh is 1-0-0 at Philips Arena this season with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory Nov. 20.

PENGUINS PROJECTED LINES
Forwards
Dupuis-Crosby-Satan
Fedotenko-Malkin-Sykora
Wallace-Staal-Cooke
Stone-Taffe-Godard

Defense
Orpik-Scuderi
Letang-Eaton
Boucher-Goligoski

Netminder
Fleury


KEYS TO VICTORY
Compete: Pittsburgh had some grueling practices this week. Head coach Michel Therrien wants to see his team compete for loose pucks and win battles along the boards. The team did it in practice, now they have to translate that into a game.

Power Play: Atlanta’s penalty killing ranks dead last in the NHL with a 72.4 percent kill rate. Pittsburgh defeated the Thrashers in the previous meeting with a third-period power-play goal. Even though the Penguins power play has been struggling lately, Atlanta is the perfect opponent to have a breakout game against.

LOWDOWN ON THE THRASHERS
Two seasons ago, the Thrashers were on top of the world. Atlanta went 43-28-11 for 97 points en route to the winning the Southeast Division. However, the Thrashers hit rock bottom last season. Head coach Bob Hartley was fired after six games and replaced by general manager Don Waddell. The team imploded, dropping 21 points in the standings and traded away its top player – Marian Hossa. Atlanta committed to a youth movement in the offseason and built around its cornerstone - Ilya Kovalchuk.

Waddell tapped John Anderson as the Thrashers new head coach. Anderson is a players’ coach who had success the past 13 years with the Chicago Wolves, Atlanta’s top minor-league affiliate. Anderson has won five championships during that stretch, including his latest last season. Atlanta had a rough start to start the season, going 2-7-2 out of the gate. It looked like the beginning of a long season until they ran off five consecutive wins. The Thrashers followed that winning streak with a 3-9-2 stretch. Atlanta has only won twice in its last 10 games, though they are coming off of a 4-1 triumph at Ottawa thanks to Colby Armstrong’s two goals.

http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=398713

Let's Go Guins! :clap:

joba2007
12-18-2008, 08:42 PM
Brawl on the horizon.

Go Fleury/Go Guins!

(^Love the Sig)

bartlett2266
12-19-2008, 11:17 AM
good we got the win fleury and malkin looked great. crosby might have played on of his worst games ive seen, so look out Leafs on Sat because sid will turn it up after that sorry display tonight

bartlett2266
12-19-2008, 11:17 AM
also satan is so bad i dont care if he scored he gave it back to them, hes so soft and lazy lets get a guy with some heart in there

ShaunRiching9
12-19-2008, 11:29 AM
great win i am so happy fleury is back and playing thanks god, good game by all the pens

joba2007
12-19-2008, 04:22 PM
Yup, Guins win! Good to have Fleury back. Whitney next!

Anyone know if we have any draft picks playing in the World Jrs?

joba2007
12-19-2008, 04:23 PM
Yup, Guins win! Good to have Fleury back. Whitney next!

Anyone know if we have any draft picks playing in the World Jrs?

PittBeatWV
12-19-2008, 04:32 PM
I looked through the rosters and didn't see any Pens prospects.

That was a great win - Whitney is back on Monday! He's playing for WBS this weekend.

Agreed on Satan - no heart, no grit.

Malkin is the best player in the world right now.

joba2007
12-19-2008, 05:26 PM
^Thanks for the info.

Malkin is unstoppable! I actually saw both Malkin and Ovechkin play live in the World Jrs. That is the best hockey. Glad to see the NHL Network is picking up some of the games. Although I wish we had some draft picks playing...

SidTheKid
12-19-2008, 08:21 PM
Didn't get the chance to watch this game but it looks like Fleury and Malkin had great games :clap: