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Game Preview: Pens-Hawks

by Nicole Jelinek / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins host the Chicago Blackhawks on rivalry night. Tonight's game is presented by Amgen Breakaway from Cancer. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Blackhawks

TIME: 8 p.m. EST

PLACE: PPG Paints Arena

TV: NBC Sports Network

RADIO: 105.9 FM, The X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

Pens hope to avoid going 4-straight games without a win in tonight's matchup … Pittsburgh is 22-3-3 in its last 28 home games entering tonight … Conor Sheary will play in his 100th NHL contest … Patric Hornqvist finished with a goal and an assist in Sunday's contest against the Flyers to surpass the 40-point mark for the 4th-straight year … Matt Cullen has 5 points (2G-3A) over his last 7 contests and 28 points this season … Pittsburgh injuries: Trevor Daley (knee), Jake Guentzel (concussion), Carl Hagelin (lower-body), Ron Hainsey (upper-body), Kris Letang (upper-body), Olli Maatta (hand), Evgeni Malkin (upper-body), Chad Ruhwedel (upper-body), Tom Sestito (upper-body) … The Blackhawks come into tonight's contest with 2 straight losses, but hold a 5-game winning stretch against the Pens … The Hawks have won 13 of their previous 16 games away from the United Center… Patrick Kane tallied his team-leading 34th goal of the season and is 2nd (tied) in the NHL with 82 points (34G-48A). Kane notched a hat trick in March 1st matchup against the Pens … Artemi Panarin recorded a goal in their last contest against Tampa Bay and has 4 goals in 3 career games against Pittsburgh … Goaltender Corey Crawford has recorded at least 40 saves in three contests this month, all of which resulted in victory.

MORNING SKATE REPORT:

*Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel and Mark Streit did not take part in the morning skate.

*Marc-Andre Fleury was the 1st goalie off the ice and will start.

*Jake Guentzel and Ron Hainsey practiced in normal "contact" jerseys after being in "no contact" during Tuesday's practice.

*Conor Sheary and Chad Ruhwedel will be game-time decisions, but are "highly probabl" per Mike Sullian. 

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