Monday, January 5, 2009

[UPDATED] Pre-Game News

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Kennedy will get a shot at the top line with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis tonight against the New York Rangers. He will also play on the top powerplay unit alongside Crosby and Malkin. This has been a long time coming and I'm really glad that something will come out of all of this kid's hard work and dedication!! It should be a really interesting line. Also note that it's Dupuis and not Satan that completes the first line; like I said, I think Satan finally made it into Therrien's doghouse!

Therrien made yesterday's practice optional and only 15 players showed up including Crosby. The majority of those that did participate seemed to take advantage of the time by getting on the ice early and staying a little extra. Sabourin was on the ice 35 minutes before practice and was the last once off the ice; Crosby worked on his shot 20 minutes beforehand just as Satan did 30 minutes before practice. I don't know about you, but after how awful the Penguins have been playing I don't think I would've made yesterday's practice optional; I would've made them drop over in pain working them so hard. John mentioned that Therrien may have chosen to do that to see who showed up (I suppose 15 out of the active 20 isn't a bad turnout).

[UPDATE] Godard will be back in the lineup tonight (YEA!!) alongside Dustin Jeffrey and (dum, da-dum, dum) Miroslav Satan made it all the way down to the fourth line!
Godard participated in the optional skate yesterday, but it is still unknown as to whether or not he will return to the lineup for tonight's game against the NY Rangers. IMO, the Pens are lacking a physical presence on the ice, so they are in need of Godard, so I'm hoping he's back soon!

[UPDATE] Boucher participated in this morning's skate and was given the "green-light" to play in tonight's game; Therrien is to dress six of the eight healthy defensemen for the game, but wouldn't say which two will be sitting.
Boucher also participated in practice yesterday after missing the past two games due to an undisclosed injury. No mention of whether or not he will be in the lineup tonight.

[UPDATE] MARC-ANDRE FLEURY will start in goal tonight for the Pens.


Lauren said...

I agree with your husband, John. I think Therrien might've made it optional to see who would show up. I'd be interested to see which 5 players chose not to show up, and what their reasoning for it was. I would hope that they skipped out simply because they needed the rest and not because they didn't feel like practicing or felt they deserved a day off or something stupid like that.

gilld22 said...

I a, so pleased for TK getting onto to the first line, I have always said that boy deserves more credit than he gets. My fingers and toes are crossed so tightly for tonights game.

I also agree with you husband, I think he was testing the players by making practice optional to see whos heart is actually in the game.