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Game Preview: Pens-Oilers

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins open up their western Canadian swing with a showdown against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Oilers

TIME: 8:30 p.m. EST

PLACE: Rogers Place

TV: AT&T SportsNet

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

5 THINGS:

1. Sidney Crosby is 3-0 in matchups against Connor McDavid.

2. The Penguins are a combined 15-3-3 against Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver since 2007-08, including 5-0-2 against the Oilers.

3. The Penguins have points in 14-straight games against the Oilers, 11-0-3, their longest point streak against any NHL club.

4. Three Oilers players are on the cusp of milestones. Cam Talbot has 99 wins, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has 99 goals, Zack Kassian has 99 points.

5. Connor McDavid has 144 career points for the Oilers, that's 2 behind former Oiler and current Pens GM Bill Guerin.

INJURIES:

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

EDM - Brian Ferlin, Andrej Sekera.

MORNING SKATE:

*The Penguins held an optional morning skate. Those that sat out were Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang and Riley Sheahan.

*Matt Murray will start in goal.

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