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Pittsburgh looks to extend point streak to six; Vancouver has won two of three

by Wes Crosby / Independent Correspondent

CANUCKS (12-9-4) at PENGUINS (13-7-4)



The Game

The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to extend their point streak to six games when they face the Vancouver Canucks at PPG Paints Arena on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh is 3-0-2 in its past five games after winning two in a row, including a 3-2 overtime win against the Calgary Flames on Monday. Seven of the Penguins' past 11 games, and three of their past four, have been decided in overtime or a shootout.

The Canucks will look for a third win in four games since going (1-5-2) in their previous eight games. They lost 2-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday after winning their previous two games.


Players to watch

Canucks forward Elias Pettersson has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past seven games. He was held without a point Monday.

Penguins forward Jake Guentzel has seven points (four goals, three assists) on a five-game point streak. He has had at least one point in each of his six career games against the Canucks for a total of nine points (six goals, three assists).


They said it

"[The Penguins] look like a fast team that works really hard. ... System-wise, both teams play a very similar style. They're going to be a good test tonight." -- Canucks coach Travis Green

"The goal was to become a team that's harder to play against. By nature of that, goals against should come down. ... That's what we talked about on Day 1 of training camp." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan


Canucks projected lineup

Josh Leivo -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

J.T. Miller -- Bo Horvat -- Zack MacEwen

Tanner Pearson -- Adam Gaudette -- Jake Virtanen

Tim Schaller -- Tyler Graovac -- Loui Eriksson

Alexander Edler -- Tyler Myers

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Jordie Benn -- Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Oscar Fantenberg, Nikolay Goldobin

Injured: Jay Beagle (lower body), Brandon Sutter (groin strain), Tyler Motte (foot), Antoine Roussel (knee), Micheal Ferland (concussion protocol)


Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Evgeni Malkin -- Bryan Rust

Alex Galchenyuk -- Jared McCann -- Brandon Tanev

Dominik Kahun -- Sam Lafferty -- Patric Hornqvist

Zach Aston-Reese -- Teddy Blueger -- Dominik Simon

Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang

Jack Johnson -- John Marino

Marcus Pettersson -- Chad Ruhwedel

Matt Murray

Tristan Jarry

Scratched: Juuso Riikola, Zach Trotman

Injured: Sidney Crosby (core muscle surgery), Nick Bjugstad (lower body), Justin Schultz (lower body)


Status report

Goldobin was recalled from Utica of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. Green would not say if Goldobin would play Wednesday. ... Beagle is expected to miss his third straight game. He skated on his own before practice Tuesday. ... The Penguins did not hold a morning skate.


Stat pack

Edler needs two goals to reach 100 in the NHL. ... Miller has four points (two goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak. ... Malkin has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in his past 10 games.

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