Saturday, 26 November 2011

Snapshot Preview: Habs vs Penguins - November 26th 2011

Montreal Canadiens (10-10-3) VS Pittsburgh Penguins (13-6-4)
Puck drop is at 7:00pm EST

Sidney Crosby takes his show on the road. Crosby, who has 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists) in his first 3 games - all at home takes on his boyhood team for his first road game of the year. Crosby has owned the Canadiens putting up 26 points in 19 games against them over his career (11 goals).

Both teams played yesterday, The Habs for the most part put on a  dismal effort vs the Flyers in Philly, while the Penguins played host to the Senators and trounced them 6-2. Crosby had 3 points in the Penguins victory.

The Habs and Pens have already met once this season, with the Pens coming out on top 3-1 with neither Sidney Crosby nor Evgeni Malkin in the lineup.Malkin for his part has put up 9 goals and 23 assists against the Canadiens in 19 meetings.

Carey Price is expected to get the nod in goal for Montreal again today and he sports 7-6-0 record with a 2.68gaa and a .916 sv%. Brian Gionta tends to show up for meetings with the Pens and he's potted 15 goals and 35 points in 45 meetings against them.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves earlier this season in the Penguins victory vs Montreal, but he has been spotty against them in his career, going 11-8 with a 3.32gaa and an .888 sv%.

If both teams come out with a similar effort to last night, this will be a one sided affair, I expect the Canadiens to come out with a much better effort at home.

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