We are just a few hours away from the Penguins' season opener against the NY Rangers. Here is my time to mention a few things regarding tonight's game and other randomness from earlier in the week.
It looks like Sidney will be in the lineup tonight. He skated at morning practice and said he is feeling good and healthy.
Crosby, Malkin, Guerin, Gonchar and Goligoski will be the top PP unit. I must say, I am more a fan of Letang in there over GoGo. I always thought having Sid, Geno, Billy G, Gonch and Tangers was a winning PP unit and I don't want to see Letang get the shaft. While I know Goligoski brings a fresh look to the unit, I don't how how much of a difference it is going to make. Both Letang and Goligoski are offensive defensemen so I don't see much of a point in switching it up. Also, this is going to be Alex's first start in the NHL after bouncing back and forth throughout last season from the AHL to the NHL while Tangers has more experience. I truly believe Kris will continue to get better as he gains more experience year after year and especially from playing with Gonchar. I've seen what Kris can do and I like it. Alex has to prove himself to me.
Say goodbye to Paul Bissonnette. The Pens stuck him on waivers and I was not surprised when a team claimed him off of there. Biz Nasty will be moving to Phoenix to play for the Coyotes (for the time being anyways) unless they ever get sold and move. It was fun while it lasted, Biz Nasty. I'm really going to miss typing that nickname.
We all knew the second line had a vacant spot to be filled beside Malkin and Feds and now it's official that Pascal Dupuis will fill Maxie's spot while he's still out recovering from his off-season shoulder surgery.
Speaking of Max, he's been out buying more ridiculous shirts to wear in public. Taylor Swift had a concert in Pittsburgh on Thursday and some of the boys met her and presented her with a jersey. (L to R: Maxie, Staalsy, Swift, GoGo, TK)
It's ok Max, you are so good looking, it really doesn't matter what you wear. I think I speak for all of us female Pens fans when I say that. I dare you to disagree.
Here's a picture of Taylor rocking out in her fly Pens jersey on stage.
If it's any indictation of the events to come, it's worth noting that EA Sports sees Pittsburgh repeating as champions.
Speaking of Stanley Cup champions, Billy G had some comments after receiving his ring:
Question: If you're throwning a punch down, which hand are you using?
Billy G: Oh, my left. I don't want to scratch my ring.
haha. I love you, Billy G. Please bury one in the back of the net against the Rangers tonight!
Banner raising tonight- get there early if you're lucky enough to have a ticket or if you plan on watching the game on the big screen outside Gate 3. Sidney has reminded us all that this will be the last home season opener at Mellon Arena.
It's a new season boys and girls and we have another chance to be great.
Let's go Pens!