Tonight marks the return of the
heroic HBK line, which means tomorrow morning will be the first “the HBK line may not have it anymore” article we see. Edit Note: Jake Guentzel will be filling in for Hagelin tonight, but that just strengthens the odds of the previously mentioned article being written.
It looks like Consol Energy Center is being renamed to PPG paints arena?
The… “not that there’s anything wrong with that name” …arena : /
The Pens went into Columbus and played as solid of a game as you can ask for by the roster put together. Sullivan’s influence is present on the forecheck by every line. The defenders know when to pinch and when to stay. This team is showing a cohesiveness that was sorely missed in the first few months of last season. Jarry was excellent last night between the pipes, especially during a full 2 minutes 5 on 3 penalty kill. When Matt Murray returns he will be the other half of the tandem with Fleury, but man… how nice is it knowing there is depth at that position?
We will get into some thoughts after, but first, here is a breakdown of the periods.