GAME: Chicago Blackhawks (9-18-7-3) at Pittsburgh Penguins (8-19-5-3).
TIME: Monday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are desperate for a regulation win, but they might
have to get it without one of their top forwards.
The Penguins may be without winger Aleksey Morozov as they try for their
first regulation win in six games against the Chicago Blackhawks at Mellon
Pittsburgh lost 2-0 to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, falling to 0-3-1-1
over its last five games.
"We had our chances and we didn't cash in on them," Pittsburgh coach Ed
Olczyk said. "Anytime you play against the defending Stanley Cup champions, it
certainly is a tough task."
The Penguins have scored just nine goals (1.8 per game) over the last five
games, including four in a 7-4 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers on Dec. 20. They
have scored just 73 goals this season, the second-lowest total in the Eastern
Part of the problem recently has been Pittsburgh's special teams, which have
allowed seven power-play goals in the last four games while going 0-for-16 on
the man advantage over the last six.
"We talked about being disciplined at the start of the game, and it came
back to bite us," Penguins winger Steve McKenna said Saturday.
The loss to the Devils was especially costly as Morozov injured his left
shoulder during the first period. The 26-year-old right wing, who missed
practice Sunday, is third on the team with 11 assists and fourth with 16
points, but has failed to score a goal in 19 games.
"We'll know more tomorrow, but we had to give a couple guys the day off
just to rest," Olczyk said Sunday. "He got treatments done and stuff, so well
see how he's feeling."
The Penguins recalled winger Eric Meloche from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the
American Hockey League on Sunday.
The Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 on Sunday -- just their third
win in 23 games.
Goalie Michael Leighton stopped 20 shots for his second shutout in three
games, and Nathan Dempsey, Tuomo Ruutu and Deron Quint scored for the