The Penguins face the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night as they struggle to win games without Sidney Crosby. The Pens have lost their last three games, the last in devastating fashion, as they blew a late lead against the Boston Bruins. The Pens' biggest problem has been scoring, and it will be tough for them to do so tonight, since the Canadiens are third in the NHL in goals against per game and first on the penalty kill. They've also beaten the Pens twice this year, once in October and once last week, when they won 2-1 in a shootout.
Since then, the Canadiens have beaten the Bruins and the New York Rangers. In last week's game against the Pens, Benoit Pouliot was the hero, scoring the Habs' only goal in regulation and then scoring the go-ahead goal in the shootout. His heroics continued against the Rangers, as he scored the game-winning goal. Alex Auld started in goal against the Rangers, so the Pens will likely face Carey Price tonight, against whom they have struggled to score this year.