The Pittsburgh Penguins return home Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. to take on the Nashville Predators.
It will be the fourth game in six days for the Penguins (26-17-9), who had their six-game winning streak snapped Sunday with a 4-3 overtime loss in Montreal. Nevertheless, the Penguins have picked up points in their last 10 games.
They will get a good test Tuesday as the Predators visit Mellon Arena for the first time since March 4, 2004. Nashville (37-14-3) has the best record in the NHL as the Predators top the standings with 77 points.
Sidney Crosby looks to continue his hot play. The Penguins’ 19-year-old center leads the NHL in scoring with 84 points (25+59) in only 49 games. He owns a 12-point advantage over Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis, who has 72 points (32+40) in five more games (54) than Crosby.
In addition, Crosby’s 59 assists are tops in the NHL. San Jose’s Joe Thornton is second with 52 helpers in 53 games.
Penguins center Evgeni Malkin continues to lead all NHL rookies in scoring, too. The 20-year-old has 57 points (25+32) in 48 games. He has recorded a point in four-straight games (1+4). Los Angeles center Anze Kopitar is second with 46 points (13+33) in 55 games – seven more than Malkin.
Also, Malkin leads all rookies in goals, while teammate Jordan Staal is second with 18 tallies.
After Tuesday’s game, the Penguins hit the road to take on Philadelphia on Thursday and Toronto on Saturday.