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Game Preview: Pens-Oilers

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens continue their 5-game road trip through western Canada with a matchup against Edmonton. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Oilers

TIME: 9 p.m. EST

PLACE: Rogers Place

TV: ROOT Sports

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

The Pens meet the Oilers for the 2nd and final time this season, and the only time in Edmonton … The Pens won the previous matchup in Pittsburgh, 4-3. Conor Sheary scored 2 goals for Pittsburgh, while Connor McDavid posted 3 assists … Tonight's game features a lot of firepower. The NHL's top 3 leading scorers will faceoff between McDavid (1st, 74), Sidney Crosby (t-2nd, 70) and Evgeni Malkin (t-2nd, 70). The trio also lead the league in points per game: Malkin (1st, 1.21), Crosby (2nd, 1.19), McDavid (3rd, 1.12) … The Pens haven't lost in regulation in Edmonton since Dec. 6, 2003 … Pittsburgh is 32 for 36 (88.95) on the PK in the past 11 games … Justin Schultz returns to Edmonton for the 1st time since being traded by the Oilers in February of last season. He was a minus-78 in 248 games in Edmonton, but is a plus-35 in 80 contests with Pittsburgh … 3-game scoring streaks for Pens: Nick Bonino (3G-2A), Phil Kessel (4A), Justin Schultz (3G-3A), Malkin (5G-3A) … Marc-Andre Fleury will start in goal … The Pens recalled Oskar Sundqvist from WBS … Pittsburgh injuries: Trevor Daley (knee), Patric Hornqvist (concussion), Kris Letang (upper-body), Olli Maatta (hand), Bryan Rust (upper-body) … Leon Draisaitl has set career highs in goals (23), assists (t-32) and points (55) … Cam Talbot is expected to start for the Oilers. He leads the NHL in appearances (59), minutes played (3,497) and saves (1,583) …. Edmonton injures: Benoit Pouliot, Tyler Pitlick, Andrew Ference (LTIR).

MORNING SKATE REPORT:

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

*Matt Cullen, Scott Wilson and Carl Hagelin took part in the morning skate. All 3 had missed Thursday's practice with maintenance days.

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

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