Tuesday, January 29, 2008

GameDay (50) -- Pens @ Devils



What a building.

7:00



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Hard to believe there's only 30-some games left.

What a huge game to start off with coming out of the ASG break,
which is hopefully the last time we have to use those initials.

All the hype surrounding the call-up of Alain Nasreddine came to a head today,
when news of Brooks Orpik playing on the wing tonight swarmed across the internet.

[ Pittsburgh Sports Insider ], the hardest-working site on the internet, has the lines for tonight.

1st Line: Malone - Malkin - Sykora

2nd Line: Talbot - Staal - Christensen

3rd Line: Ruutu - Taffe - Filewich

4th Line: Orpik - Smith - Laraque

You have to assume Ty Conklin will be between the pipes.

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Jay Pandolfo will not be dressing tonight for New Jersey,
which means the Devils will score one less goal than they usually do against the Pens.


Go Pens

67 comments:

canaanregulatesblog said...

let's see how the orr-pik experiment works out.

Johnny Wrath said...

I dare him to go out there with a right-handed stick.

That is if he doesn't force Nasreddine at knife-point to switch jerseys with him. Which one should really be playing 4 minutes tonight?

Randall said...

so... you're going to put a guy on the wing that hasn't scored in 4,376 games (give or take a few). I mean, I would hope Brent, Mindard, or Stone could do a better job than Orpik on the wing. You know you have injury problems when you are praying for Kris Beech to cross the border and join your team (although I'll admit he has put up good numbers this season). Lets Go Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins!

Randall said...

i thought about it and, i guess if you want any of our defenseman playing on the fourth line, meaning limited ice time, i guess it would be brooksie.

Pensgirl said...

There are a lot of lineup announcements you can see coming from miles and miles away.

Orpik on the wing is not one of 'em.

No knock on him, but ya hate to have to do that kind of experiment against the damn division leader.

Oh, well, gotta roll with the punches. Let's Go Brooks.

J.S. said...

For some reason, I'm interested in seeing how Orpik does on the wing. Should we be scared if he scores not one, but two goals, tonight?

Anonymous said...

Isn't there some sort of reason the Pens can't call those guys up that they just sent down? For some reason I thought there was something about number of days certain types of players had to stay down after being sent down?

I could be wrong though.

Just a curious move. At least Orpik isn't playing defense.

geezer wtf? said...

WTF! I mean WTF!! Are you serious? Man I got to stop or start drinking more. Come on, Orpik? This is the NHL, right? WTF!!

OK, anybody else think this is crazy? Anybody? I mean what is the goal here to fuck up Orpicks thinking more? I'm sorry but I don't have a freakin clue about this idea and won't until the shock wears off. One question, whose idea was this? Therrien? Yoe? Help me out here. I'm tryin to understand but this is too fucked up to be a real idea.

Johnny Wrath said...

Nah. Some guy named Freeptop said Nasreddine would need to pass through some kind of waiver, but I dunno how thats applicable as he's on a 2-way contract.

I also asked if he would be heartbroken should another team claim him. He sat unsigned last summer as a UFA for 19 days, after all.

I bet Therrien finds a way to regularly feature him in our defence and sit Brooks.

If any of you know Ray Shero, ask him to get behind the bench if they're not sure who to hire next. He couldn't possibly do worse than dissension, terrible bench management, and stunting the development of the team.

Jim Colony just mentioned something I wrote earlier, which is the close proximity of WB/S to new Jersey. That doesn't matter if Therrien and Savard think they know better than Ray.

I bet Nasreddine is within 3 minutes of Malkin's ice time tonight.

Randall said...

i'd like to see nas a lot more. i thought the way they handled him toward the end of the year last year was just awful. the guy did nothing but play great defense on a team that plays bad defense. i really hope they keep him floating around, even when everyone is healthy and beech can join the team and everything clears up... keep him up as a 7th defenseman and let him and orpik battle it out. orpik is going to be a UFA this summer and he's going to demand more than we should give him, and other teams out there will give it to him. i say sign eaton, let orpik go, make a move for that dman we need, and have one of the best 7th dman in the league floating around. he could take time off of guys injured, not playing well, sydor, whatever next year. but you'll only know that if he starts playing this season.

Flyer Hater said...

I swear, Jay Pandolfo is to us what Morozov was to the Devils.

Flyer Hater said...

The Free Center Ice week preview is going to make me realize why I could never get it. I'll be up until 1 watching games. It's going to be so sweet to check out the Flyer, Ranger, and Islander scores on your TV. WOOO

Anonymous said...

Nas has to go through waivers to go down to the AHL, but not to come back up, so the pens can't send him down.

The pens have a full roster ,so they can't call anyone else up, and Beech and Armstrong not playing were last minute suprises.

The pens have 20 active skaters, but Therrien didn't want to play 7 d-men and shortchange his fourth line, thus the situation we see now.

Not "good", but nothing more than a minor inconvenience.

Mike Georger said...

i hate seven oclock games, they fuck up the routine of watching jeopardy at seven while eating dinner before the game starts

J.S. said...

540-559 for free NHL Center Ice

Hip said...

desperate times call for desperate measures... dudes, we've got to rally around brooksie tonight.

I'm off to admit a stroke patient, so now I'll for sure miss listening to the rest of the game :o< Here's hoping for a stud recap tomorrow. Can you believe I actually pay to do this shit?

Randall said...

STEIGGY DID IT AGAIN! JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP STEIGGY!

Dr. Turkleton said...

steiggy = kiboshblog

devilscum said...

anyone else notice that the place is half-empty, but you hear a couple New Jersey meatheads yelling unintelligibly to try and make up for it?

J.S. said...

note to self: place safe search on when searching for Jordan Staal. Oddly enough, the pic (which would meet Charlie's approval) somehow links back to a Post Gazette game review.

wilsmith said...

Blogger Hip said...

desperate times call for desperate measures... dudes, we've got to rally around brooksie tonight.

I'm off to admit a stroke patient, so now I'll for sure miss listening to the rest of the game :o< Here's hoping for a stud recap tomorrow. Can you believe I actually pay to do this shit?


I bet that patient isn't too happy you took the time to type out that last sentence. =P

Dr. Turkleton said...

FYI...nathan smith = WB/S Capt'n

I think it's only been mentioned 4 or 5 times by steiggy so far

Randall said...

thanks again steiggy for saying how awful a year rupp has had thus far.

J.S. said...

fucking Rupp

Looks like we found Jay Pandolfo's substitute.

Randall said...

Crusher, why don't you do these things more often?
Malone continuing a solid year.

Mike Georger said...

my roommate just asked what kind of shrine there should be to mario at the new arena, my suggestion was youve gotta go statue out front ala jordan at the united centre. thoughts?

J.S. said...

beginning of the 3rd.

Rock out with your Conk out!

PittHockey said...

Mike: Statue in addition to it being named Lemieux Gardens

PittHockey said...

no, wait...

Badger Bob Rink at Lemieux Gardens

chris e said...

Yeah baby!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

orpik actually looks like a left winger

this might actually work...for now

Anonymous said...

Johnny Wrath = GiveItUpBlog.

Therrien has the Pens in near first in the division, maybe first after tonight. Lay off.

PittHockey said...

http://uploader.ws/upload/200801/malowned.jpg

I had a little fun with the wallpaper form the penguins site

Mike Georger said...

god huge win. thats one of the few times in the last two seasons that you could say we really were the better team on the ice against the devils, the games against them are always hellish. great coordination from malone on the second goal

maaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrtyyy, maaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrtyyy, maaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrtyyy, maaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrtyyy

Dr. Turkleton said...

nice '4-point' Patrick Div...er, Atlantic Division TEAM Win

does ConkBlock start in A-T-L tomorrow???

heres hoping he does

Mike Georger said...

coming off a long break and he played a very good game tonight (second goal he couldnt do shit about, he was positioned right before the deflection) i think youve gotta roll with him.

Mike Georger said...

fucking philly

Anonymous said...

It was nice to be on the good side of PenaltyGate

Pittsburgh Girl Forever said...

Yes, MALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#1 Star of the Game!!! (If you couldn't tell Bugsy is my boy!)

Hip said...

Huge win tonight. Couldn't be happier to see Bugsy and JStaal up on the board.

wilsmith - Stroke patient's gonna be fine. Your concern speaks volumes :oP


Go Pens.

Flyer Hater said...

If Sabourin starts tomorrow, i'm murdering someone. There's just no reason for Conklin not to start against the Thrashers. He didn't face a ton of shots tonight and he had four days of rest after the Flyers game.

Pittsburgh Girl Forever said...

Hey, guys, can we lay off Brooksy? He played damn well tonight, and he deserves every moment he play on that ice. Eaton (and Gonch) may be my top guys on D, but Orrpik definitely plays well. Enough is enough, give the man a break. If you insult anyone, let it be on Recchi or someone who has hurt us bad this season.

Steve In Denver said...

Sweet win. Good to see everyone stepping up. The last half of the third period was lights out D.

Announcerblog - Hearing Errey and Steiggy try to discuss the genesis of the hockey term "rag" was effing ridiculous. It was so bad I put tampons in my ears.

And are they calling Conklin "the claw" now? I could have been hallucinating after the rag discussion. Wow.

Staff, there has been zero references to any Pens being on acid all season.
Is it because:
A. You went to rehab and are afraid of a relapse
B. Gary Roberts is on IR, and took all the acid with him.
C. Nobody has actually been sick enough to get the label

Flyer Hater said...

Steve in Denver, are you the one who emails the MM show all the time? They're great emails.

geezer said...

I'd like to leave Orpick alone its just that about once a game that is so fucking stupid either out of position or passing to the other team I want to blow my brains out!

Sorry but at this point in his career it is ALL ABOUT cosistency. I don't care how many opponents he lines up he needs to play with better decisionmaking. Because his ass sure can't make up for it like Gonch!

Anonymous said...

just like old times, beech doesn't show up for a game

Whistler said...

The Flyers got sent to OT by the worst team in the league.. LOL..

Pole smoking Cheese steak Mother &#$U#ers...

Ryan said...

Big win for the Pens tonight! I'm tired of everyone saying we have no shot without Crosby. Hopefully this huge road wins shuts them up.

Fleury29 said...

First of all, PittHockey, it's Robert Johnson Memorial Arena, known simply as, "The Badger." It will be located at 66 Lemieux Place, which will be moved to accommodate the new arena. Above the main entrance will be a huge marble arch inscribed with the words, "It's a great day for hockey."

Also, in my fantasy word an enormous statue of Mario Lemieux will stand over the Fort Pitt Tunnel, like the Colossus of Rhodes.

Second, those Mike Lange sound clips are unreal. I have been searching and searching and searching for literally years for those. I found some once but they were corrupt. Those files are about 10 minutes away from becoming ringtones on my phone (and SnoopyJode, if these work, I'll have an e-mail out to you with attachments post haste.)

Third, the NHL is offering a free trial of Center Ice Online through 2/4/08. Tonight I did something I haven't done in nigh on 7 years, I watched a Penguins game in my living room. Hallelujah, it was fucking awesome.

I don't have cable and I didn't want to pay a ton of money for cable just so I can pay a ton of money on top of that for Center Ice. This online thing is great because I can watch it no matter where I am and it wasn't that bad.

Though I was hoping to be able to use the feed from 105.9 The X's website with Mike Lange and Phil Bourque, but it was actually ahead of the online feed, though I understand it's delayed from the regular feed. Oh well.

Stigey and Errey weren't that bad... oh, okay, yes they were.

Fourth, great news about Gary Roberts.

Fifth, did anyone notice on the sidebar of that Sidney Crosby article from The Onion about the Steeler fan. Hilarious.

pops said...

JUST GOT BACK FROM THE GAME.

Man, Conklin played well. Malkin was an absolute beast. Whenever he touched the puck, you could really see him shine over everyone else on the ice.

BIIIIG WIN!!

Jonny V said...

I don't know if yinz have programs to make the mp3's into ringtones, but my brother showed me a website where u can do it for free. It works with most of the major carriers. It's on this Goresite. Huge win tonight, I didn't see or hear a lick of it because this is my 12 hour school day. Orpik on wing? WHAT A COUNTRY!

Lloyd said...

Mike Georger
regarding the 7:00 start time...

you couldn't be more right...

I had to miss Jeopardy today too..

fleury29 is nostradamus said...

wow. fleury29.

First of all, PittHockey, it's Robert Johnson Memorial Arena, known simply as, "The Badger." It will be located at 66 Lemieux Place, which will be moved to accommodate the new arena. Above the main entrance will be a huge marble arch inscribed with the words, "It's a great day for hockey."

that's gold, and if that doesn't happen, someone will have made a huge mistake.

wingergirl said...

anon @10:21

Beech is stuck in Toronto because his employment papers got messed up when he got waived from Columbus and picked up by Vancouver.

It's not his fault

Whitney really lays it on America's customs in there.

wingergirl said...

I fail at links. Ouch. I'll give this one more shot, then I might give up.

It's not his fault

neobarbarian said...

That was great..I was working near Newark, and made it to the game. That is an awesome arena. I can't wait till Pens newie gets built. Problem: ALL the lower levels were bought up by Corporations, real fans had to sit up high. Honestly, the upper half was far more packed than the lower half. Lower was 1/3 to 1/2 empty..really. Sent some phots in..hope they get used.

Barry Melrose said...

Neobarbarian, I hope you watched your wallet when you left the arena. The area outside the arena is horrible.

jim said...

anyone see that BS game-winner by the Flyers tonight in OT?

Lame.

Trevin said...

Don't know if anybody has posted this hilarious Pens commercial for A & L motors yet...you've gotta see this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOrvdvczpEA

pops said...

neobarb,

we sat in the lower levels without tix. moved near the end of the second. sat about 15 rows behind brodeur. you're right. the place was 2/3 full at the most.

Mike Georger said...

jersey fans are a joke
i dont think alot of people are piling on orpik or anything, just that alot of us, myself included, do not think he is worth 3.5 million a year

i mean you know the rangers want him, jags isnt re-signing, PULL THE TRIGGER SHERO

wilsmith said...

Whoever posted that article about the steelers fan, wasn't that the game that the Texans gained like, negative yards, but still won?

ru10tu10 said...

"just like old times, beech doesn't show up for a game"

That was powerfull...

PittHockey said...

From the Beech article:

"We got all these people from Mexico and all these guys coming in, and Beech can't get in," Whitney said. "I don't get it; he speaks English.


LMAO

Steve In Denver said...

Good Onion references in c-blog. The onion is a beast.

My all time favorite front page was "habitrail for humanity" and they had these naked homeless dudes crawling thru life-sized hamster digs, on display for all to see, like zoo animals.

Hip, if your stroke patient doesn't make it, can I have his Pens gear? I wear L, or XL to fit over my goalie gear.

Flyerhater, he's got a few regular listeners from Denver. Not sure if he has ever read anything from me. If it was soo funny that you sharted and wrecked your car, it was mine. If not, it was some other loser.

eFFF the Indian...COMMIT TO THE CONK!

Mike Georger said...

i dont know if anyone has suggested this, but im feeling some sort of lord of the flies tie in photoshop for conk (think back to eighth grade: the conch shell). there are enough clever people on here to take it and run

Flyer Hater said...

Whenever you can make fun of customs agents, it's ok in my book. Good job Whits

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