First off, I never thought I’d say the words ‘Pittsburgh Penguins’ and ’50 shots’ unless I was talking about the other team’s shot total.
However, that’s exactly what the Pens racked up against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. And I have to say it … that would have never happened under Michel Therrien.
Neither would a 9-1-1 record over the last 11 games and a seat in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference standings. I was always a Therrien fan, but now I’m realizing how much better off the Pens are without him.
But enough about the past. Tonight’s game is another huge one, which will be the case for the rest of the season. Going to Columbus, we can all expect the same desperation out of the Blue Jackets that the Penguins have been playing with recently.
Columbus and Pittsburgh are both in sixth place in their respective conferences. They are also just points away from being out of the playoffs completely — Pittsburgh 2 points, Columbus 4 points.
The Penguins are a hotter team. There’s no doubt about that. At 9-1-0 in the last 10 games, no team is hotter. The Jackets are on a roll, though.
They are riding high, coming off two wins over arguably the two most difficult opponents in the league in Detroit and Boston. Their goalie, Steve Mason, has been one of the best goaltenders in the league and will be a tough one to get the puck behind.
I have a feeling the Pens might have a few people on their side tonight to help them out. With Columbus even closer to Pittsburgh than Washington D.C., and the fanbase even weaker, I’m guessing we’re going to see an arena that’s nearly split.
I want to see what you all think. Over/Under 3,000 Penguins fans there? Let us know what you think. And if you’re going to the game, please stop back and let us know what the experience was like.
Once again, got a prediction? BE HEARD…
Chris | PPT