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Game Preview: Pens-Blues

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens host the St. Louis Blues for their final home game before the All-Star break. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Blues

TIME: 7 p.m. EST

PLACE: PPG Paints Arena

TV: ROOT Sports

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

The Pens have won 4 straight games while scoring a total of 24 goals (6 per game average) … Conor Sheary has back-to-back 2-goal games. He has 6 goals in his past 4 contests, and 9 goals in his last 9 games … Sheary, Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust have combined for 48 points (20G-28A) in 15 games since becoming a line on Dec. 17 at Toronto … Rust has 7 points (2G-5A) in his last 4 games … Evgeni Malkin has a 7-game scoring streak for 11 points (6G-5A), which includes his 11th career hat trick … Blueliner Justin Schultz has 7 assists in his last 4 games, including a career-high 4 against Washington. Schultz has points in 9 of his last 12 games, which includes a 6-game scoring streak … Goaltender Matt Murray has won 4 consecutive games. He's allowed 3 goals total in his past 3 contests. Murray made a career-high 44 saves against Boston on Sunday … Pittsburgh injuries: Brian Dumoulin (jaw); Kris Letang (lower-body) … St. Louis comes to Pittsburgh on a 3-game losing streak. The Blues have surrendered 18 goals in that span … Blues forward Patrik Berglund has 10 goals in the past 17 games … Alexander Steen has 13 points (5G-8A) over his last 10 contests … Steen has been reunited with Paul Stastny and Jaden Schwartz. In the last 3 games the trio has combined for 15 points (6G-9A) … Kevin Shattenkirk had 2 goals against the Jets on Saturday. His 32 points (11G-21A) rank 5th among all NHL D-men … Vladimir Tarasenko leads the Blues with 20 goals, but he's gone goal-less in his last 7 games … St. Louis injures: None.

MORNING SKATE REPORT:

*The Pens had perfect attendance at the morning skate. Injured defenseman Brian Dumoulin and Kris Letang also joined the team.

The Pens used the following workflow…

Sheary-Crosby-Rust

Guentzel-Malkin-Hornqvist

Hagelin-Bonino-Kessel

Kunitz-Fehr-Wilson

Maatta-Daley

Cole-Schultz

Dumoulin-Ruhwedel

Gaunce-Oleksy-Letang

*Matt Murray worked the starter's net

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