The Penguins finish up their first back-to-back situation of the season tonight in Montreal after losing last night at home 4-3 in OT to Colorado. Pittsburgh is 2-0-1 on the season.
The Canadiens enter tonight's game well rested, at 1-0-1 on the season and inactive since Saturday night's 4-3 OT loss to OTT.
It will be interesting to see if the Pens elect to start Marc-Andre Fleury again for the 4th time in 6 days (a bad idea, the stats say) or if they turn to Mike Condon 's first game action in a Pens uniform against the team he knows the best in his former mates of Montreal.
Speaking of new, this will be the "first" time the new/old white/yellow jerseys are worn in a real game, so that's fun and exciting that at least the team will be looking aces.
One player looking aces so far is the pesky Brandon Gallagher who's recorded 2 goals + 1 assist in the first 2 games of the season. Gallagher's been undercover productive in his early NHL years (159 career points in 262 games) but has just 5 points (2g+3a) in 12 career games against Pittsburgh. Add in the man-beast Shea Weber making his home debut in front of the Montreal crowd and those are your 2 players to watch out for on the opposition tonight.
Montreal expected lines
Max Pacioretty - Alex Galchenyuk - Brandon Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen - Tomas Plekanec - Alex Radulov
Daniel Carr - David Desharnais - Andrew Shaw
Phillip Danault - Torrey Mitchell - Paul Byron
Nathan Beaulieu / Shea Weber
Andrei Markov / Jeff Petry
Alexei Emelin / Greg Pateryn
In net, all world goalie Carey Price is reportedly out again tonight (though he did take the morning skate) as he ramps up to make his season debut following almost a week-long bout with what was said to be the flu. Al Montoya has played both games and is expected to start tonight.
Which would be ironic if Condon both plays, since Montoya beat Condon out for the job of the Habs backup position.
Pittsburgh expected lines
Wilson - Malkin - Hornqvist
Kunitz - Cullen - Sheary
Kuhnhackl - Fehr- Sestito
No change has been announced by the Pens, though Bryan Rust is getting very close to making his season debut. Also, 3 games and no points for Scott Wilson and no ES goals created by HBK (though Kessel has scored twice on the PP); with those guys in key roles you would have to think that Pittsburgh will need them to put rubber in the net sooner than later especially as they deal with game 4 of no Sidney Crosby.
Late addition: Pens say Rust will play tonight and Fleury will start yet again.