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Florida has lost two of three; Pittsburgh 4-0-1 during five-game point streak

by Wes Crosby / Independent Correspondent

PANTHERS (21-15-5) at PENGUINS (25-11-5)



The Game

The Pittsburgh Penguins look to extend their point streak to six games when the play the Florida Panthers at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday.

The Penguins are 4-0-1 during the streak and 8-1-1 in their past 10 games.

Tristan Jarry will try to avoid losing consecutive starts for the Penguins first time in more than two months. The goalie has won in 12 of 15 games (14 starts) since losing three straight from Oct. 19-Nov. 4. He made 29 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday after winning his previous six starts. Matt Murray made 26 saves in a 3-2 overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.  

Chris Driedger could start for Florida after making 11 saves in relief of Sergei Bobrovsky on Saturday. Bobrovsky allowed three goals on seven shots before being pulled in a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

The Panthers have lost two of the first three games on a four-game road trip.


Players to watch

Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau has 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in his past nine games. He had one assist Saturday.

Penguins forward Bryan Rust has 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in his past 11 games. He had one goal Saturday.


They said it

"[The road trip] hasn't gone exactly the way we wanted it to. So the best cure for that is to get right back at it next game and bury every chance we get." -- Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson

"We have good leadership. They're a resilient group. They believe they can win." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan


Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Brett Connolly -- Vincent Trocheck -- Noel Acciari

Frank Vatrano -- Brian Boyle -- Mike Hoffman

Colton Sceviour -- Dominic Toninato -- Mark Pysyk

Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad

Riley Sheahan -- Anton Stralman

Mike Matheson -- Josh Brown

Chris Driedger

Sergei Bobrovsky

Scratched: Denis Malgin, Jayce Hawryluk

Injured: MacKenzie Weegar (upper body)


Penguins projected lineup

Dominik Kahun -- Evgeni Malkin -- Bryan Rust

Dominik Simon -- Jared McCann -- Patric Hornqvist

Zach Aston-Reese -- Teddy Blueger -- Brandon Tanev

Alex Galchenyuk -- Joseph Blandisi -- Thomas Di Pauli

Jack Johnson -- Kris Letang

Marcus Pettersson -- John Marino

Juuso Riikola -- Chad Ruhwedel

Tristan Jarry

Matt Murray

Scratched: Kevin Czuczman

Injured: Sidney Crosby (core muscle surgery), Nick Bjugstad (core muscle surgery), Brian Dumoulin (ankle surgery), Justin Schultz (lower body), Jake Guentzel (shoulder surgery), Sam Lafferty (illness)


Status report

Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said there could be several changes to the Panthers' lineup Sunday. ... Di Pauli made his NHL debut in place of Lafferty on the Penguins' fourth line Saturday. It hasn't been disclosed if Lafferty will return from an illness Sunday.


Stat pack

Huberdeau needs one goal to pass Nathan Horton (142) for sixth in Panthers history. ... The Penguins are 15-5-4 without Crosby this season.

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