For Montreal, last visit to the Igloo

A final visit to the Igloo
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 09 h 47 - Sebastien Goulet
(Corus Sports) - The hospital is overflowing, both in Pittsburgh and Montreal, which could have the effect of having a very different spectacle of the last Canadian to visit Pittsburgh.

Canadiens (12-11-1) vs.. Penguins (16-8-0)

Wednesday, 19 am to CKAC Sports Network and Corus Quebec

Last 10 games:

Montreal (5-4-1): Pittsburgh (5-5-0)

This season:

The Penguins have demolished the Canadiens 6-1 in Pittsburgh, October 28 last, thanks in part to Sidney Crosby, who had collected a hat trick. The Penguins will be in Montreal December 10 and February 6.

The headline:

Both teams have more than their share of injuries ... but are still good. Carey Price has a record of 3-0-1 in its last four games, including a 5-3 win against Columbus on Tuesday.

The Penguins had five of their six regular defenders on the disabled list last week. Sergei Gonchar and Brooks Orpik are back, but the Penguins have benefited from the contribution of substitutes, as Martin Skoula, who scored twice Saturday against Atlanta.

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Montreal: The Canadian has collected seven points out of a possible eight in his last four games, despite an infirmary which swells daily. Jaroslav Spacek has joined the group of wounded Tuesday, but Marc-Andre Bergeron has done well, collecting two goals against the Blue Jackets.

Young people are forced into training. The HP is counting on rookies Ryan White, Tom Pyatt, James Wyman, who made his NHL debut Tuesday, as Sergei Kostitsyn, newly recalled from Hamilton, who earned an assist on Tuesday.

"When I look at young players, I see that they bring energy," said Jacques Martin. Pyatt and White are now on our second wave shorthanded and Sergei is an intelligent player who contributes. "

Pittsburgh: The Penguins power play, which had been quiet in recent weeks, has recovered just in time Monday. Crosby scored in overtime in excess to give a victory of 3 to 2 of Penguins on the Florida Panthers after they had led 2-0 in the 3rd period.

It was the second time in two games against the Panthers as the Penguins came back from behind after being in deficit to 2-0.

On fire:

Marc-Andre Bergeron scored two goals including the game-winner Tuesday.

Carey Price now has a record of 4-1-1 and played his best hockey since he was in the NHL.

Evgeni Malkin had two goals and five assists in five games since he is back in the lineup after suffering a shoulder injury.

Sidney Crosby has recorded two goals and four assists during that same period.


Montreal has unraveled without his number one center, Scott Gomez, without Jaroslav Spacek, both injured in the lower body.

They joined Andrei Markov (foot), Hal Gill (foot), Brian Gionta (foot), Matt D'Agostini (concussion) and Benoit Pouliot (wrist). Georges Laraque will serve the second of five game suspension.

Among Penguins, Tyler Kennedy (groin), Chris Kunitz (lower body), Alex Goligoski (lower body), Jay McKee (finger) and Kris Letang (shoulder) all missing the call.

By the numbers:

The Canadiens have a record of 10-4-0 against teams from the East, but 2-7-1 against those of the West.

The Penguins have a record of 4-7-0 when they trail the following two periods. The four victories represent a peak in the NHL in this situation.

Pittsburgh has a record of 7-0-0 when Sidney Crosby scored a goal.


At least a clash in the playoffs, this is the last Canadian tour at Mellon Arena, where they enjoyed great success over the years. The Canadian has maintained a record of 45-31-13-2 in the Igloo, the Penguins' home since 1967.

The first history of the Penguins opposed to the Canadian. Montreal had won 2 to 1, October 11, 1967.


The alignment of the Penguins at training on Wednesday:

Ruslan Fedotenko - Evgeni Malkin - Pascal Dupuis

Maxim Talbot - Sidney Crosby - Bill Guerin

Matt Cooke - Jordan Staal - Christopher Bourque

Craig Adams - Michael Rupp - Eric Goddard