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NHL on NBCSN: Red-hot Penguins host red-hot Avalanche

Oct 21, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT

Sidney Crosby AP

NBCSN continues its coverage of the 2013-14 campaign tonight when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Colorado Avalanche at CONSOL Energy Center at 7:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game online.

If fans in Nova Scotia seem to be a bit more interested in Monday night’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche, there’s good reason. A pair of Cole Harbour’s favorite sons will face each other for the first time in the NHL.

One you already know all about in Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. He leads the NHL in points, he’s tied with four others for the league lead in goals. He’s an all-world talent and perhaps the best player in the game today. Like you needed to be told all that already.

The other is Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon. As a kid growing up in Cole Harbour, Crosby was his role model and now he’s one of a handful of Avs centers helping lead the team to a surprising 7-1-0 start. His seven points to start the year is strong, tying him for second on the team with P.A. Parenteau.

source: Getty ImagesOf course, Crosby’s Penguins are also 7-1-0 which makes Monday night’s game all the more interesting.

Pittsburgh’s only loss came on the road against Florida with backup Jeff Zatkoff in goal. Colorado’s lone defeat came at home against the veteran Detroit Red Wings, a loss that was overshadowed by Cody McLeod‘s hit on Niklas Kronwall.

For the Penguins, the usual cast of characters are getting it done for them. Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, Pascal Dupuis, and Jussi Jokinen are off to strong starts as well.

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In Colorado, the play of Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly has had coach Patrick Roy gushing over them. It’s been a team effort for the Avalanche, however, as they have nine players with five points or more and play a speed game that puts pressure on opponents to make decisions quickly.

For the Penguins, they might feel like they’re looking in the mirror if the Avalanche offense gets rolling.

  1. hockey412 - Oct 21, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    This…is going….to be GREAT.

  2. Stiller43 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Chalk up Croz for another 2-3 points…but how we’ll he choose to get them tonight?

  3. c1md6 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Especially since it’s, “take your cousin that you married to the game” night. Should be a packed house in Pittsburgh.

    • curioustraveler13 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      Hey butt hurt flyer fan, that joke is for West Virginia, not Pittsburgh. Get some new materiel.

    • jpelle82 - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      really guy? its a packed house anyway, almost 300 consecutive sellouts now but incest jokes? come on man. i’m guessing your a flyers fan. i can understand taking solace in some cheap denigration of the pittsburgh fanbase but it really is fleeting, flyers will still be 1-7 all week long buddy…

  4. c1md6 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Would much rather be in West Virginia than Pittsburgh any day, literally the armpit of the east coast. Hillbilly heaven with snow, between the pirates and steelers the princess is all you have to look forward to with your boring steel mill lives. I’m sorry.

    • hockey412 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      We’re all very sorry you feel that way.
      :)
      :)

    • curioustraveler13 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      Steelers still have now wins then the flyers hahaha. Mike smith still has more goals then Claude giroux. You suck as a troll. Even worse then your team. Now that’s saying something.

      • laxman1944 - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        Curious…..are you back in Sidney’s yard again….remember 500 feet young man….court orders.

        Now go take out your trash to the pit and burn it like a good hill billy.

      • curioustraveler13 - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        Awww we have another butt hurt flyer fan. Why don’t you go be giroux caddy laxman. Don’t forget to take your emergency kit though, it’s quite dangerous out there for him I hear. I love flyer fans!

      • laxman1944 - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        Not a bad idea actually not too cold yet, I would like to get another round in before it gets too cold.

        Nah not too hurt but thanks for caring though.

        Boy I suppose you Pitt fans aren’t really the blind, walk on water over the top juice drinking zealot assclowns you come off as…..

        I had you all wrong: Curious, Bobpine and the rest of you kids.

    • c9castine - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      lol boring steel mill lives. not much of that going on for about 30-40 years buddy. medicine and tech now. kinda leading the east coast in those fields so. one of the world leaders in medicine. most affordable city in the country. no dice try making fun of our hockey team that is 7-1 and has the best players in the world and a recent gm of the year and jack adams winner and 3 cups in 25 years and the captain that has 17 points in 8 games….

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    @c1md6 nobody cares that your an inbreed

    • govtminion - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Amen. Grow up, dude. Find something better to do with your life than internet trolling.

  6. c1md6 - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    300 consecutive sell outs, where was this in the late 90’s to early 00’s? The team was bankrupt but now all of a sudden everyone’s a die hard. Your fan base is a joke and no one takes you seriously. I guarantee you 99% of these “penguin fans” first ever jersey bought was a Crosby. Say what you want about the Flyers, Rangers, Capitals, etc… Yeah they may not have the flash but even at the worst times we still have loyal fans and are never in jeopardy of going bankrupt. You guys are a joke.

    • curioustraveler13 - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      Pittsburgh has a population of 250,000. Philadelphia has 2.5 million. Gee i wonder why there was so much more “support” for that team. The joke is that your team with all that $ and all that support has failed to produce a single Stanley Cup in 40 years. hahahaha now that’s funny.

      • govtminion - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        Wait, 250K? Really?

        Not meaning it as a troll or anything, but that honestly shocks me. I thought it was a much larger population there than a quarter-million. Wow.

      • curioustraveler13 - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        Yep. It really is a small market team.

      • curioustraveler13 - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        Actually turns out is 306,000. I was off by 56,000.

      • bmscalise - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        Actually, it’s about 350,000 in the city itself – and another million in the surrounding areas. Still a small market – just not that small.

      • c9castine - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        pittsburgh is a little city with a lot of heart and presence. we re jammed down in a river valley, to have a whole lot more population in the city limits isn’t really viable. population jumps up a good bit obviously when you count the metro area.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        250K is just the city – the greater pittsburgh area is much larger than that. Most people live out in the suburbs (North Hills, South Hills, etc.) so that number is a little misleading.

        Your point regarding size is still valid of course.

  7. c1md6 - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    That’s the dumbest excuse I’ve ever heard, so with that logic a team like buffalo with only 250,000 I’m population should be long gone. Face it, the whole hockey world knows the fan base of Pittsburgh are frauds, with the exception of a few and chances are if you’re angry about what I’m saying you’re not part of that .1% because the truth hurts. For crying out loud poor Mario had to come out of retirement after cancer to save this franchise, the man couldn’t bend down to tie his own skates he was in so much pain but he couldn’t rely on the Pittsburgh fan base so he had to resort to coming back.

    • curioustraveler13 - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      You got to love a fan who pulls the “our fan base is more loyal then your fan base” card. Sure the attendance #’s weren’t pretty during that time, however management got the message that the fans weren’t going to pay to see that crap on the ice, and changes in management were made. We got a new owner and complete new management. See the lack of fans worked out, because the problems were high up on the chain of command. Our owner wasn’t financially stable as say a Ed Snider, or Bob Pegula and we went through some tough times. However given all the turmoil we still have won 3 Stanely Cups more recent then the flyers last one.

    • pjk33 - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Actually, it’s not a dumb excuse… If you were actually a hockey fan that knows anything about the game, you would know that thousands of hockey fans who can’t get tix for the Toronto games drive the hour down to see NHL hockey in Buffalo. They probably wouldn’t have a team if it weren’t for that influx of Canadians, although the Sabres fans that I know are diehard. I’ve had season tix to the Pens since 94 when I first could afford them, and if you actually did your homework, you would know that during the “bankrupcy” the Penguins still had 14000 season ticket holders. It was the other seats that they couldn’t fill because the team sucked and the ownership sucked. The ownership made enough money, but spent it elsewhere and got the team in trouble. They also didn’t get the concession money, etc. To pretend that the Capitals have a better fan base than the Pens is a joke. Until Ted Leonsis blocked our area codes from buying tix, we put 6000 people in his arena every time that they played the Pens. Also… Mario didn’t come out of retirement after cancer. He actually took his treatments and played the rest of that year (first game back was Philly) and 2 or 3 more before he first retired. His retirement had nothing to do with cancer.

    • jpelle82 - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      calling into question the fan’s loyalty as an argument is just reaching. there’s no other straws to grab at. has no bearing on the team’s performance on the ice, and there’s no way to prove an individual’s team “loyalty”, especially on an internet blog. i’m not afraid to admit that i’ve done it with washington fans, but to a different tune i guess. i cant take my kids to the verizon center to see the pens play because the new fans are obnoxiously drunk, ignorant, and crude. i’ve lived in virginia for 25 years and it didn’t used to be that way. the new wave of fans that came in with the ovechkin era are not the same type of fans that were there rooting for bondra and kolzig at the us air arena. not that the same “loyal” fans don’t go to games or don’t exist but the new age fans give them a bad name. its an observation i’ve made and its affected how i view their total fan-base now. i can see how that observation could be made for just about any franchise in any sport that’s experienced the same kind of regional demographic change or recent measure of success, pittsburgh included. i get annoyed by pittsburgh fans (especially steelers fans) quite often, and i am one. so if you want to lump me in with what you perceive to be a bandwagon fan-base, that’s your prerogative but i know where i come from. i can also see why you’re grabbing at straws, there really isn’t much to talk about other than the attendance record there in philly.

  8. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Funny how Mario came back because aside from missing the game…he also wanted his son Austin who was 4 at the time to see play.

  9. joey4id - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    The AVs played very well against DET despite coming up short. Wouldn’t be surprising to see them steak 2 points in Pit.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Mmmmmm steak.

      • joey4id - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        Hehehehe! :-)

  10. csilojohnson - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    The Philly population is a lot higher then 2.5 if you count all the bodies in their lovely river.

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