Friday, January 16, 2009
Ducks at home tonight... anything can happen
This is likely a pretty accurate description of the Pens lineup... a trainwreck. >_< Crosby, other Penguins won't be playing tonight.
The Pens have already lost 177 man-games to injury. <--- unreal statistic, yet somehow, I'm not surprised.
Injuries: C Sidney Crosby (TBD, left knee), C Max Talbot (TBD, upper-body), D Rob Scuderi (TBD, head), LW Pascal Dupuis (TBD, knee), LW Ruslan Fedotenko (IR, right hand), C Mike Zigomanis (IR, undisclosed injury), D Sergei Gonchar (IR, left shoulder).
How depressing is all that? Can it be a legitimate excuse for sucking the way we have been? Only a fraction. 3 of those injuries didn't happen until the loss against the Caps Wed. night.
Tonight the former Mighty Ducks... now just the Ducks.. of Anaheim fly into the Igloo to take on the Penguins. One thing is for certain, it is in a weird little way a good thing that they are playing a Western conference team tonight... you know, the whole points thing.
From yesterdays Trib: Coach Michel Therrien admitted after the Penguins’ optional practice today at Mellon Arena that math is beginning to work against his club’s playoff hopes. The Penguins have 46 points. No Eastern Conference team has qualified for the playoffs over the past three seasons with fewer than 92 points, and Boston needed 94 last season.
So yeah.. collecting some points from a non Eastern conference team would be a good thing.