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Pittsburgh aims to avoid third straight loss; Edmonton 2-6-1 in past nine games

by Derek Van Diest / Correspondent

PENGUINS (7-5-1) at OILERS (3-6-1)

8:30 p.m. ET; SN360, TVA Sports, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV


The Game

The Pittsburgh Penguins will attempt to end a two-game losing streak in the third game of a five-game road trip when they visit the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Wednesday. 

The Penguins have given up seven or more goals in three of their five losses this season.

The Oilers, 1-2-1 in their past four games and 2-6-1 in their past nine games, are playing the third game of a five-game homestand.

Pittsburgh defeated Edmonton 2-1 in overtime in their last meeting on Oct. 24.


Players to watch

Penguins center Sidney Crosby has one assist in his past five games after having 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his first eight games this season. He has 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in 13 career games against the Oilers.

Oilers center Connor McDavid has two goals in his past nine games after scoring a hat trick in Edmonton's season opener against the Calgary Flames on Oct. 4. He leads the Oilers in scoring with 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 10 games.


They said it

"I think the ability to get back out there and kind of remove that last game from your mind is beneficial. Our guys probably wish they could have done it sooner, but rest, especially for us early on in the year, is something that has been short. So the opportunity to get a day off and then have a good practice, hopefully, helps us going forward." -- Penguins defenseman Ian Cole on having two days between games following a 7-1 loss at the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday

"Being able to watch guys really opened my eyes, it shows me a lot of things I can do better and things that I need to work on." -- Oilers rookie forward Kailer Yamamoto on being a healthy scratch the past two games


Penguins projected lineup

Conor Sheary -- Sidney Crosby -- Patric Hornqvist

Tom Kuhnhackl -- Evgeni Malkin -- Bryan Rust

Jake Guentzel -- Riley Sheahan -- Phil Kessel

Josh Archibald -- Greg McKegg -- Ryan Reaves

Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang

Olli Maatta -- Chad Ruhwedel

Ian Cole -- Frank Corrado

Matthew Murray

Tristan Jarry

Scratched: Zach Trotman, Carl Hagelin

Injured: Matt Hunwick (concussion), Carter Rowney (upper body), Justin Schultz (concussion)


Oilers projected lineup

Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Leon Draisaitl

Milan Lucic -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Kailer Yamamoto

Drake Caggiula -- Ryan Strome -- Jussi Jokinen

Iiro Pakarinen -- Mark Letestu -- Zack Kassian

Darnell Nurse -- Adam Larsson

Oscar Klefbom -- Matt Benning

Kris Russell -- Eric Gryba

Cam Talbot

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched:  Yohann Auvitu, Jujhar Khaira, Anton Slepyshev

Injured: Andrej Sekera (knee)


Status report

Yamamoto and Pakarinen return to the lineup for Edmonton. … Corrado and Archibald each will play his first game of the season for Pittsburgh.


Stat pack

Maroon has five points (four goals, one assist) in a five-game point streak. … Kessel has four points (two goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak and 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his past nine games. … Pittsburgh is 5-0-2 at Edmonton since the 2007-08 season.

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