Key Observations heading into Game 3 between the Penguins and Canadiens

By: Gemma Fagan (@gcfagan86)

The Pens will player their season Home opener tonight at CONSOL after a less than desirable start to their 15/16 campaign, They return from a road trip which saw them run into two hot goalies in Dallas and Arizona which resulted in two loses 0-3 and 1-2 respectively.

The boys won’t be catching any breaks on opposing goalies either as 2015 Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price will be behind the crease for the Montreal Canadiens.

Flower Power
Marc-Andre Fleurys’ time in Pittsburgh has been marked by many ebbs and flows and his recent history against the Habs definitely falls under the Flow category.

The man they call Flower has been all business when it comes to taking on the Habs at home, he is 5-1-1 in his last 7 starts against tonight’s visitors and last season the French Canadian had a very respectable .943 SV% when he faced the Canadiens.

Sidney Crosby Please stand up
Don’t sound the alarms just quite yet after all we are only 2 games into an 82 game season but it’s not very often that you see Sidney Crosby unable to register a shot on goal, actually it’s been 10 season since we last saw our Captain unable to get a shot on net.

Is this really something Pens fan have to be worried about? in the short term probably not after all we are talking about Sidney Crosby once he finds his mojo this will be a distant memory but if it starts to become a common occurrence for Crosby he’ll have a few fantasy league owner pulling out their hair and Pens fans running for the panic alarm.

Line them up
The Pens seem to be having a few teething problems with their lines but that is bound to happen when a team acquires new players, finding where everyone fits is going to take a bit rejigging to begin with.

Tonight’s matchup will see the top line of Kunitz – Crosby – Kessel stay put but we’ll probably see Perron moved up to second line to partner with Malkin and Hornqvist which means Plotnikov will shuffle down to play with Bonino and Bennett.

The Montreal Canadiens aren’t going to be an easy foe beat, They are on a roll and trying to slow down this juggernaut is going to require the Pens to dig deep because a 0.5 goals per game average ain’t going to cut it tonight. #LetsGoPens