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Draisaitl expected to return for Edmonton; Pittsburgh goes for fourth win in five games

by Wes Crosby / Correspondent

OILERS (2-5-0) at PENGUINS (5-3-1)

7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SN1, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV


The Game

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

Cam Talbot

Laurent Brossoit

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

Matt Murray

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Josh Archibald, Zach Trotman

Injured: Matt Hunwick (concussion), Carter Rowney (hand)


Status report

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.


Stat pack

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.

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