Wednesday's game will be Anaheim's first in the Consol Energy Center, and the first matchup between the franchises since Anaheim won 3-2 on Nov. 5, 2010 at the Honda Center, getting goals from Ryan Getzlaf
, Saku Koivu
and Bobby Ryan
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau
, however, has plenty of first-hand information about the Penguins, having started the season as the Washington Capitals
' coach. The Boudreau-coached Capitals beat the Penguins 3-2 in overtime at Consol on Oct. 13
While they play infrequently, the Penguins are 5-1-1 in their last seven against the Ducks, who have dropped four straight in Pittsburgh since last winning there Oct. 6, 2001.
Bylsma shook up his defense pairings following an 8-5 win against Winnipeg on Saturday, breaking up the Paul Martin
-Zbynek Michalek duo that had played together much of the last two seasons. Bylsma paired Martin with Engelland and Michalek with Matt Niskanen
in Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning
, and he is expected to stay with that configuration against Anaheim.
While the Penguins had an optional morning skate Wednesday that was attended by 12 players, the Ducks stayed off the ice following the late-night flight from Minnesota after their win there Tuesday.
The projected lineups:
- Ryan Getzlaf
- Corey Perry
- Saku Koivu
- Teemu Selanne
- Nick Bonino
- Andrew Cogliano
- Rod Pelley
- George Parros
- Cam Fowler
- Lubomir Visnovsky
- Sheldon Brookbank
will start in goal, with Jeff Deslauriers
the backup. Hiller is 1-2-0 with a 3.70 goals-against average in three career games against Pittsburgh.
- Evgeni Malkin
- James Neal
- Jordan Staal
- Pascal Dupuis
- Cal O'Reilly
- Dustin Jeffrey
- Joe Vitale
- Richard Park
- Kris Letang
- Zbynek Michalek
- Deryk Engelland
will start in goal, with Brent Johnson
the backup. Fleury will be playing for the 28th time in 30 games, although Johnson started twice in the previous six games. Fleury is 15-9-1 during that stretch, twice taking over for Johnson during losses.