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Murray of Pittsburgh goes for third career shutout of Vancouver, which hopes to avoid third straight loss

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

PENGUINS (8-5-2) at CANUCKS (6-4-2)



The Game 

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray will try for his third shutout against the Vancouver Canucks when they meet at Rogers Arena on Saturday.

Murray, who shut out the Canucks in his only two career appearances against them last season, is 8-2-1 this season with a 2.95 goals-against average and .908 save percentage.

Pittsburgh is 1-2-1 in its past four games after beginning the season 7-3-1. 

Goaltender Jacob Markstrom will make his third straight start for the Vancouver, looking to avoid its third straight loss (0-1-1) after a four-game winning streak. 


Players to watch

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has five assists in a four-game point streak after scoring six points (one goal, five assists) in his first 11 games this season.

Canucks rookie forward Brock Boeser, who leads Vancouver with nine points (two goals, seven assists) in nine games, was moved to the top of the left circle on the No. 1 power play unit to try to take advantage of his shot.


They said it

"It's just the way the schedule has worked out but we also know if we can get through this and have some success with it, we have some home games waiting for us as well. With the last game of trips like this, you want to make sure you finish on a good note." -- Penguins center Sidney Crosby on playing their NHL-high 11th road game

"They were arguably our best games of the year and you might wonder how you can say that when you only scored one goal, but we created a lot of scoring chances and the puck just didn't go in the net." -- Canucks coach Travis Green on 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

Carl Hagelin -- Greg McKegg -- Ryan Reaves

Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang

Olli Maatta -- Chad Ruhwedel

Ian Cole -- Frank Corrado

Matthew Murray

Tristan Jarry

Scratched: Zach Trotman, Josh Archibald

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


Canucks projected lineup

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Brock Boeser

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Jake Virtanen

Thomas Vanek -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Sam Gagner

Markus Granlund -- Brandon Sutter -- Derek Dorsett

Ben Hutton -- Christopher Tanev

Michael Del Zotto -- Erik Gudbranson

Derrick Pouliot -- Alex Biega

Jacob Markstrom

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Patrick Wiercioch, Jayson Megna, Thatcher Demko

Injured:  Alexander Edler (knee), Loui Eriksson (knee), Troy Stecher (knee).


Status report

Hunwick, who hasn't played since Oct. 14, is with the Penguins and practicing. … The Canucks recalled Demko from Utica of the American Hockey League as a precaution because Nilsson and his wife are expecting a child.


Stat pack

Pittsburgh has won four straight games against the Canucks, and four of the past five at Vancouver. … Henrik Sedin has four shots and no goals this season, and one assist in his past 10 games.

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