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Game Preview: Pens-Jets

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens begin a 5-game road trip with a matchup against the Winnipeg Jets.

MATCH: Penguins vs. Jets

TIME: 8 p.m. EST

PLACE: MTS Centre

TV: ROOT Sports

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

The Pens and Jets meet for the 2nd and final time this season, and 1st and only time in Winnipeg … The Pens won the 1st meeting in a dramatic and historical game in Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby recorded his 1,000th career point and added the game-winning overtime goal in a 4-3 victory for the Pens … Tonight's game features a lot of firepower. The top 2 leaders in goals in the NHL go head-to-head in Crosby (34 goals, 1st place) and Patrik Laine (32, 2nd). And 6 players in the top 20 in the NHL in scoring (PIT -Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel; WPG - Mark Scheifele, Laine, Blake Wheeler) … Since returning from injury, Malkin has points in 8 of 10 games, totaling 13. He needs 1 more goal to reach 30 for 5th time in his career … Defenseman Justin Schultz continues to shine. He had 3 points (1G-2A) against Buffalo and 5 points in his past 2 games. He has already set career marks across the board in goals (11), assists (33) and points (44). His .72 points per game ranks 4th in the NHL … Goaltender Matt Murray will set a franchise record for wins by a rookie. He is currently tied with Gary Inness at 24 … Pittsburgh injuries: Trevor Daley (knee), Kris Letang (upper-body), Olli Maatta (hand), Bryan Rust (upper-body). None of the injuries players made the trip to Winnipeg … The Jets host the Pens for the 5th game of a 6-game homestand. They are currently 2-2 thru the first 4 games … Winnipeg is 3 points behind St. Louis for the final Wild Card spot in the West, but the Blues have 3 games in hand … Winnipeg's PK unit is 10-for-10 in the past 3 games … Since the All-Star break Laine (10G-9A) and Scheifele (6G-13A) are 6th in the NHL in scoring … Goalie Connor Hellebuyck has stopped 78 of 81 shots in his past 3 games, and is 5-3-2 in his last 11 … Winnipeg injuries: Ondrej Pavelec (lower-body), Tyler Myers (lower-body).

MORNING SKATE REPORT:

*The Pens held an optional morning skate. The only players not participating were Mark Streit, Ron Hainsey, Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist and Phil Kessel.

*Matt Murray will start in goal. 

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