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Game Preview: Pens-Habs

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens finish off a back-to-back 2-game road trip tonight in Montreal.

MATCH: Penguins vs. Canadiens

TIME: 7:30 p.m. EST

PLACE: Bell Centre
TV: AT&T SportsNet

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

5 THINGS

1. Pittsburgh is looking to bounce back from a frustrating 4-3 overtime loss to the Rangers in New York on Wednesday night. The Pens lost leads of 2-0 and 3-2 in the 3rd period.

2. Evgeni Malkin was held scoreless against the Rangers, ending his 6-game scoring streak. Prior Malkin was held scoreless once in a 13-game span. He has had success in Montreal's Bell Centre in his career with 20 points (8G-12A) in 18 career games. Malkin's 87 points still rank 2nd in the NHL (Nikita Kucherov, 91). 

3. Riley Sheahan, who scored just 2 goals in 80 games last season, notched his 10th goal of the season against the Rangers. It marks the 3rd time in the past 4 seasons in which Sheahan has hit double digits in goals.

4. The Canadiens are expected to miss the playoffs for the 2nd time in the past 3 seasons, and the 3rd time since 2011-12.

5. Montreal has lost 5 straight games.

 INJURIES

PIT - Zach Aston-Reese (upper-body), Bryan Rust (concussion), Matt Murray (concussion), Dominik Simon (lower-body).

MTL - Ales Hemsky (concussion), Victor Mete (finger), Carey Price (concussion), David Schlemko (upper-body), Rinat Valiev (lower-body), Shea Weber (foot).

MORNING SKATE

* The Pens did not hold a morning skate due to playing the night before in New York and a late-night arrival in Montreal.

* Projected lines:

Guentzel-Crosby-Sheary

Hagelin-Malkin-Hornqvist

Rust-Brassard-Kessel

Kuhnhackl-Sheahan-Rowney

Dumoulin-Letang

Oleksiak-Schutlz

Maatta-Ruhwedel

Jarry

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