NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, October 9th
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (0-1-0) at Pittsburgh Penguins (0-1-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins will take a second shot at picking
up their first win at Consol Energy Center when they host the Montreal
The Penguins lost the first regular-season game at the new arena to the rival
Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night, dropping a 3-2 decision to the
defending Eastern Conference champions. Pittsburgh had played at Mellon Arena,
known more commonly as "The Igloo", since entering the league in 1967.
Tyler Kennedy and Alex Goligoski tallied in the loss for Pittsburgh, while
Pens goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals on 27 shots.
"We all wanted to win the first game here in the new building and it is
unfortunate that we didn't, but we have to get ready for the next one," said
Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby.
Both Crosby and his fellow Pittsburgh superstar Evgeni Malkin were held
without a point in the season opener.
The Penguins are playing four of their first five games of the season at the
new building, but will visit New Jersey in their next game on Monday night.
The Canadiens were also dealt a 3-2 loss by a hated rival in the season opener
as they dropped a road game Thursday in Toronto. Clarke MacArthur scored the
game-winner early in the third and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 26 shots to
lead the Maple Leafs to victory.
"He made the saves he needed to and made two big saves on me there at the end
of the game," said Montreal forward Brian Gionta about Giguere. "We played a
hard game out there, but of course we wanted to come away with the win."
Jeff Halpern and Dustin Boyd each had a goal for the Canadiens, who made it to
the Eastern Conference finals last season, but fell to the Philadelphia
Flyers. Montreal reached the conference finals after defeating Pittsburgh in
seven games during the East semis.
Carey Price, who was questionable for Thursday's game due to a bout of the
flu, stopped 21 shots in the loss. Despite an uneven first three seasons with
the Canadiens, Price enters this year as Montreal's undisputed No. 1
goaltender since the club traded last year's playoff hero Jaroslav Halak to
St. Louis over the summer.
The Canadiens played Thursday night without forward Mike Cammalleri, who sat
out the contest due to a one-game suspension for slashing Islander Nino
Niederreiter in a preseason game. Cammalleri is coming off a spectacular
postseason for Montreal, scoring 13 goals in 19 playoff games for the Habs
Montreal is without top defenseman Andrei Markov to start the season as the
Russian is still recovering from surgery to his right knee. Fellow Montreal
blueliner Roman Hamrlik is also battling a knee injury and is questionable for
tonight's test after missing the opener.
Before losing the postseason series to Montreal last year, Pittsburgh won
three out of four regular-season meetings against the Habs in 2009-10. The
Penguins have taken seven of 10 in the series and the Canadiens have lost
three straight and five of their last eight in the Steel City.
10/09 10:36:35 ET