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Game Preview: Pens-Hawks

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins host the Chicago Blackhawks in a battle of the two most successful franchises in the salary cap era. Tonight's game is presented by Pizza Logs. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Blackhawks

TIME: 7 p.m. EST
PLACE: PPG Paints Arena

TV: AT&T SportsNet

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

5 THINGS:

1. The Pens face the Blackhawks for the first time since suffering a 10-1 loss in Chicago on October 5.

2. Phil Kessel has goals in 4 straight home games. He and Conor Sheary are tied for the team-lead with 8 goals.

3. Defenseman Kris Letang has 7 points in November, tied for 3rd-most in the NHL by a blueliner. His 7 assists overall are tied for the league-lead among D-men.

4. Pittsburgh-native Brandon Saad leads the NHL with 5 game-winning goals.

5. Alex DeBrincat and Artem Anisimov each have 6 goals in 7 games in November, tied for third in the NHL in that time. DeBrincat is tied for 2nd among NHL rookies with 7 goals this season.

INJURIES

PIT - Matt Hunwick (concussion), Carter Rowney (hand).

CHI - None

MORNING SKATE:

*Olli Maatta was the only player missing from the morning skate. Matt Hunwick (concussion) and Carter Rowney (hand) were on the ice.

*The Pens used the following workflow…

Guentzel-Crosby-Rust

Hagelin-Malkin-Kessel

Sheary-Sheahan-Hornqvist

Kuhnhackl-McKegg-Reaves

Dumoulin-Letang

Ruhwedel-Schultz

Hunwick-Cole

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