Road Music: 11/23 @ Pittsburgh Penguins

It had to happen sometime: the Blues were dealt their first regulation loss of the Hitchcock era last night, losing to the LA Kings 3-2. There's no time for licking wounds, though, as the Blues are right back in action with the Penguins tonight in Pittsburgh. Back-to-back games with travel in between usually offers a challenge to young teams, so Kenny and the Vets will have to ensure that the youngsters put the loss behind them fast, and focus on the challenge ahead. The Penguins are first in the Eastern Conference with a 12-6-3 record, and they just got a little tougher to beat: Oh yeah, Sid is back boys and girls...

The Bitch Is Back / Elton John

The Enemy: In case you haven't heard (impossible), the best team in the East just got better, with the return of Sidney Crosby. Of course, his first game back in action almost lived up to the hype. Sid took the first shot of the game for his team, and potted a goal against the rookie goalie that the Islanders served up. He went on to have a 4-point night with 2 goals and 2 assists. This is no sudden reversal of fortune, though; the Pens were already doing pretty well with a deep roster. James Neal leads the team in goals and points (12 goals and 9 points, for 21 points in 21 games played). Second on the team in points is Pascal Dupuis (4 G/ 13A), who is also a +10 so far on the season. Not to be overlooked are the other two centers on the team, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal, each with 16 points. This team can come at you with waves of offense.

Overshadowed by Sid's return was starting goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's 2nd shutout of the year. Through recent seasons, he's remained a pretty consistent goalie for the Pens. In his 15 starts so far this year, he's backstopped the team to an 11-3-1 record and 1.90 GAA and .930 SV%. Oddly, with all of that offensive firepower, it is the PK that particularly shines right now. The Pens are 3rd in the league with 89.6% penalty kill rate.

Further Reading:

PensBurgh

Blues vs Penguins coverage

Final Verse: With the game being in Pittsburgh, the puck drops at 6:00 PM St Louis time. The GDT should be along around then as well. The broadcasts are Fox SportsMW for TV, and the mighty KMOX 1120 AM for the radio. Until then, this is your pregame warm-up. Gather here, bitch a little more about NHL officiating, bitch even more about excessive Sidney Crosby coverage, and enjoy a little sample from last year's 24/7 series. I have to confess, I've always liked Marc-Andre, and even more so after seeing this:

Fleury Shootout Before Winter Classic (HBO 24/7) (via MichaelJacksonfan628)

LGB!

-CrossCheckRaise

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join St. Louis Game Time

You must be a member of St. Louis Game Time to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at St. Louis Game Time. You should read them.

Join St. Louis Game Time

You must be a member of St. Louis Game Time to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at St. Louis Game Time. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker