Everyone recovered from Wednesday night? Good. Now time for more.
Tonight the Penguins and Blue Jackets will do battle in Game 2 so keep the antacids nearby. A win and the Pens can hold serve at home and push all the pressure onto the Blue Jackets. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM. The national broadcast will be on NHL Network along with the local broadcast in its typical spot on ROOT Sports.
As expected it will be Marc-Andre Fleury getting the start in Game 2 tonight and it looks like it could be that way for a while. Unlike Game 1, Fleury will at least have more than 15 minutes to prepare for this start. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
Regardless how this season plays out from here on in, general manager Jim Rutherford will come out smelling like roses simply for holding on to Fleury rather than dealing him away in a trade. [Fox Sports]
If the goalie situation hit code red and Fleury would go down to an injury, current backup Tristan Jarry is ready to jump in the crease at any moment. [Penguins]
In off the ice news, injured defenseman Kris Letang underwent successful neck surgery on Thursday. Letang is scheduled to miss the next 4-6 months to fully recover. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
For the first time since 2014 Sidney Crosby is the best selling jersey in the NHL. Crosby beat out the Blackhawks duo of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane for the top spot. Auston Matthews made his debut at No. 4 and Art Ross winner Connor McDavid finished in the 6 spot. [ESPN]
We all know hockey has the toughest players but the game may also have the toughest fans. Around 9 PM on Wednesday night Pittsburgh police responded to a call in the Carrick neighborhood. When they arrived at the scene, the cops found a victim who had been stabbed in the head with a screwdriver. Urging the victim to seek medical attention, the victim declined, saying he would go to the hospital AFTER THE PENS GAME WAS OVER. That is what we call dedication to the cause. [Sporting News]
In some incredibly sad news, Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney passed away at the age of 84. Penguins owner Mario Lemieux released a statement on Mr. Rooney’s passing. [Penguins]
News and notes from around the NHL...
With Lindy Ruff not coming back, the Dallas Stars had a vacancy to fill behind the bench. That spot has now been filled by former head coach Ken Hitchcock who led the Stars to their only Stanley Cup title in 1999. [ESPN]
Making history, Gerard Gallant was unveiled as the first head coach in the history of the Vegas Golden Knights. Gallant made headlines when he was forced to take a cab after being fired by the Florida Panthers earlier this season. [TSN]