Pittsburgh Penguins vs San Jose by 20Legend
The Pens continued loosing points in their last match against Montreal Canadiens. They actually got blanked by the Habs and were not able to break down goaltender Montoya who saved all 36 shots from the Penguins. The tone was set already in the first period with Pacioretty netting with the first shot on goal after 23 seconds. However, the game was wide open which the shots on goal really showed 13:17. It was strong goaltending from both camps that kept it close though, but the Habs extended their lead in second period.
It was a half of 2.minute suspensions which also could be said about the final period. Both teams was able to push for more goals, but it was the Habs that got it again, after being able to take advantage of one of the power play situations. 3-0 really settled the win for the home team and it was all clear once they extended the score to 4-0 13:44 into the period.
Pittsburgh Penguins has been without their most vital player in Sidney Crosby in all regular games so far this season. They managed to pull it off nicely with two wins from the first two games, but the team really needs their leader at the moment. With two losses in their last two games and being blanked as well in not a great sign. On top of that, defenseman Kris Letang is doubtful tonight after getting a hit against the Habs. He is considered day-to-day, but it will be a clear defensive weakness if he should miss out here.
In addition, Marc-Andre Fleury has conceded eight goals in his last two starts. Even though he did not play bad against the Habs or the Hurricanes, it could be time for Mike Condon to get his chance in order to give Fleury some rest after starting all four games. Their captain Sidney Crosby (concussion) and reserve-goaltender Matt Murray (hand) are both missing out tonight, while winger Conor Sheary and defenseman Kris Letang (upperbody) are doubtful and considered day-to-day at the moment.
San Jose Sharks has really got their things going in the start of their season with three wins and one loss. All games have been on the road which makes this their fourth game away from home. Their offensive game has been truly great led by Brent Burns with three goals and five assists and Joe Pavelski’s two goals and four assists. Joe Thornton’s five assists and Logan Couture’s two goals and two assists makes the Sharks pretty hard to stop from being one of the contenders for the Stanley Cup this season as well.
Their goaltenders Martin Jones has conceded eight goals in 77 shots, while Aaron Dell has conceded two goals in 23 shots. They come from another close win against New York Islanders (2-3) after the loss against New York Rangers (7-4). It was not an easy win though with the host turning the game around with 2-1 midway into second period after Sharks had taken the lead early in the first. However Burns and Thornton guided the Sharks back as they both assisted Tomas Hertl and Joe Pavelski to the two needed goals to win.
This is a match between the two teams that battled for Stanley Cup title last season. That says a lot about the strength of these teams, but the Pens have some setbacks tonight. With Crosby already out, it will be another blow if Letang is missing here. That gives the Sharks every chance to beat Penguins in my opinion, but it is always tough to bet against Pittsburgh Penguins on home ice. The home team has to strike back after being blanked against the Habs which should create a great game here.
The Sharks offensive line has been dominant so far and it could be tough for Penguins to keep up. However, the Sharks has just won with by a one-goal margin this season, which means that the oppsite team with players like Malkin, Kessel and Hornquist will get their chances to show who is in charge at the CONSOL Energy Center. I think that the line could be challenged here and pick over 5 goals.