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Game Preview: Pens-Canucks

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Vancouver Canucks. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Canucks

TIME: 7 p.m. EST

PLACE: PPG Paints Arena

TV: ROOT Sports

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

The Canucks and Pens meet for the 1st time this season … Pittsburgh is 4-1-1 since the All-Star break … Sidney Crosby continues his quest for 1,000 points. He is 2 points shy at 998 … Crosby will become the 86th player in NHL history to reach the milestone. Crosby has 9 points (6G-3A) in 11 career games against the Canucks … Evgeni Malkin will be a game-time decision for tonight's game. He missed the past 7 contests with a lower-body injury … Josh Archibald scored 2 goals in only his 2nd NHL game against Arizona on Saturday … Pittsburgh injuries: Evgeni Malkin (lower-body, 7 games missed); Conor Sheary (upper-body, 5); Carl Hagelin (concussion, 3); Bryan Rust (upper-body, 1) … Vancouver plays its 5th game of a 6-game road trip against the Pens … The Canucks have won 2 of their last 3 games, but lost 4 straight games prior to that … Tonight's game will be Daniel Sedin's 1,200th career contest … Bo Horvat leads the Canucks with 17 goals and 38 points, but is currently injured … Former Penguin Brandon Sutter is also injured, but could play tonight against Pittsburgh … Tonight the Pens partner with UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute and the American Heart Association to promote healthy heart awareness.

MORNING SKATE REPORT:

The Pens held an optional morning skate. The only players to not participate were Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang and Phil Kessel. 

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