GAME: Pittsburgh Penguins (6-15-4-1) at Vancouver Canucks (14-7-4-2).
TIME: Tuesday, 10 p.m. EST.
The Pittsburgh Penguins haven't been able to win much on the road this
season, and it doesn't get any easier on the next stop of their trip.
Pittsburgh looks to snap a five-game losing streak away from home when it
visits the Vancouver Canucks -- losers of just two of their 13 games at GM Place
The Penguins lost 6-1 to the Calgary Flames on Saturday to fall to 0-3 on
their five-game trip, which concludes Friday against the Atlanta Thrashers.
Pittsburgh, 2-10-1-1 on the road this season, has been outscored 21-10 in
losing its last five games away from home. The Penguins have lost nine of their
last 10 road contests.
"We haven't played that well in our own end against anybody," Penguins
forward Steve McKenna said.
Tuesday's game could be the last for quite a while for Penguins 19-year-old
goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. The top pick in the 2003 draft was loaned to the
Canadian team for the world junior hockey championships.
Penguins general manager Craig Patrick said Sunday that Fleury will be in
Kitchener, Ontario, on Thursday for the start of the junior team's training
camp. The tournament is Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Helsinki, Finland.
Fleury, who is 4-9-2 with a 3.15 goals-against average, led the Canadian
team to a silver medal in Halifax, Nova Scotia, last season.
The Penguins may be catching Vancouver at just the right time after it
skated to a 1-1 tie with the Minnesota Wild on Saturday to extend its winless
streak to a season high-tying three games.
The Canucks were lucky to earn a point as Trevor Linden scored the tying
goal with 2:52 left in regulation.
"It's a test of patience and it's frustrating," Linden said. "They play
us well and their goaltending always seems to play well against us. We just
tried to tell ourselves to stick with our plan and keep executing our plan and
that was just to get lots of shots and traffic."
The tie dropped the Canucks to 0-2-1 in their last three home games after
they started the season 9-0-1 at GM Place.