OILERS (2-5-0) at PENGUINS (5-3-1)
7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SN1, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV
Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid will face each other for the third time, and first this season, when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Edmonton Oilers at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday.
McDavid has four points (one goal, three assists) in the two games, but Edmonton has lost each (0-1-1). Crosby has yet to score against the Oilers with McDavid in the lineup.
Although McDavid has at least one point in five of seven games this season, Edmonton is 1-5-0 in its past six games. Crosby has four goals in his past four games, and Pittsburgh is 5-2-0 in its past seven.
Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl, who missed the past four games with an eye injury and concussion-like symptons, is expected to play. He was activated from injured reserve after the morning skate.
Players to watch
Edmonton forward Patrick Maroon has scored one goal in each of his past two games. He is second on the Oilers with five points (two goals, three assists), three behind McDavid.
Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past three games and has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in nine games this season, which is tied with Crosby for the team lead.
They said it
"[Crosby] is an exciting guy in the League and he's an important guy in the League. He's the face of the NHL." -- Oilers forward Connor McDavid
"[McDavid] pretty much just skates by everyone. … He is that explosive." -- Penguins defenseman Ian Cole
Oilers projected lineup
Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Kailer Yamamoto
Milan Lucic -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Ryan Strome
Drake Caggiula -- Leon Draisaitl -- Mark Letestu
Iiro Pakarinen -- Jujhar Khaira -- Zack Kassian
Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson
Darnell Nurse -- Kris Russell
Yohann Auvitu -- Matt Benning
Scratched: Jussi Jokinen, Anton Slepyshev, Eric Gryba
Injured: Brian Ferlin (undisclosed), Andrej Sekera (knee), Ryan Stanton (foot)
Penguins projected lineup
Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Conor Sheary
Bryan Rust -- Evgeni Malkin -- Phil Kessel
Carl Hagelin -- Riley Sheahan -- Patric Hornqvist
Tom Kuhnhackl -- Greg McKegg -- Ryan Reaves
Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang
Olli Maatta -- Justin Schultz
Ian Cole -- Chad Ruhwedel
Scratched: Josh Archibald, Zach Trotman
Injured: Matt Hunwick (concussion), Carter Rowney (hand)
Caggiula (undisclosed) was also activated from injured reserve. … Sheahan will make his Penguins debut after being acquired, along with a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, from the Detroit Red Wings for forward Scott Wilson and a 2018 third-round pick on Saturday. Pittsburgh placed goalie Antti Niemi on waivers (he was claimed by the Florida Panthers) and recalled DeSmith from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Monday. He will back up Murray.
Gryba and Pakarinen each played their 100th game with the Oilers against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. … The Penguins are 10-0-3 in their past 13 games against the Oilers. That is the longest point streak for either Pittsburgh or Edmonton in the history of their series.