Missiaen Possible - Whale Blank Pens

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Connecticut Whale went to backup goalie Jason Missiaen (pronounced mission) this afternoon. Their regular starter, Cameron Talbot, was in net on Friday and Saturday night and the last 14 games for the Whale.

Missiaen, the towering 6-foot-8 goaltender, came into today with a 2-3 record, a 4.26 GAA and .871 SV%. So naturally, he pitches a 35 save shutout against the Penguins in route to a 2-0 victory.

Another game where the Penguins outshot their opponent (35-18) but didn't play well enough to win. Kyle Jean scored both Whale goals for his first two of the 2012-13 campaign.

But more importantly the news of the day: The NHL owners and the NHLPA (the players association) have a verbal agreement on a new CBA that will end the NHL lockout.

To counter that, the Penguins scratched three players today. Beau Bennett, Eric Tangradi and Robert Bortuzzo. That's not to say more players from the AHL could be headed to Pittsburgh when everything is resolved, but those three being healthy scratches should imply they are among those getting an NHL look.

Brad Thiessen got the start in net today after a 30 save shutout performance last night. Phil Dupuis, Dominik Uher, Simon Despres and Brian Strait replaced the above three scratches. Alex Grant was also a healthy scratch. Here's what the lineup looked like tonight:

Holzapfel - Smith - Megna
Thompson - Peters - Gibbons
Dupuis - Sill - Uher
MacIntyre - Farnham

Some might be surprised to see Despres not on the list as one of those healthy scratches, but after sitting the last two games out as a healthy scratch due to poor play (), he needed to get back in the lineup. With 8 guys on one-way NHL deals, it just doesnt make sense to put Despres in the NHL unless room is made for him. Other Pens prospect Joe Morrow is not NHL ready in my opinion.


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