The Blackened Panthers

The Penguins are back home at the CONSOL Energy Center tonight ready to leave the Panthers, not just black and old gold, but black and blue.  The Penguins have been idle for 5 days after defeating the Capitals 4-3.  In addition to celebrating the late, great Martin Luther King’s dream, we will also get the opportunity to watch good hockey.  In the last 5 games, the Penguins have a record of 4-0-1, while the Panthers have a record of 2-2-1 (see below).  Keep in mind that an overtime loss and a shootout loss are actually listed as ties in the overall record.  The reason for this is because a team earns one point for its effort.  Many scoffers argue that this rule makes no sense as team’s are being rewarded just for getting to overtime and shootouts, and I have to agree.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (34-12-2)

Jan 15: Washington Capitals (W 4-3)

Jan 11: @Calgary Flames (W 2-1)

Jan 10 @ Edmonton Oilers (L 4-3 OT)

Jan 7 @ Vancouver Canucks (W 5-4 SO)

Jan 5 Winnipeg Jets (W 6-5)

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FLORIDA PANTHERS (18-23-7)

Jan 18: @Carolina Hurricanes (L 3-2)

Jan 16 San Jose Sharks (L 3-0)

Jan 14: NY Islanders (W 4-2)

Jan 11: @ New Jersey Devils (L 2-1 OT)

Jan 9:@ Buffalo Sabres (L 2-1 SO)

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The top goal scorers to watch are Sid “The Kid” Crosby with 25 goals and Brad Boyes with 12 goals. The Penguins and Panthers have split the series at 1-1 with the Penguins losing 6-3, Zatkoff’s debut, and winning 5-1.  Expect Tim Thomas and Marc-Andre Fleury to be in goal.  Also, expect another high scoring game in this final, regular season meeting.  Prediction: Penguins 4 Panthers 3.  DirecTV subscribers can catch the game at 7 PM on Channel 659 or ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.

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