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Game Preview: Pens-Jackets

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens host divisional rival Columbus in the home season finale.

MATCH: Penguins vs. Blue Jackets

TIME: 7 p.m. EST

PLACE: PPG Paints Arena

TV: ROOT Sports

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

The Pens host Columbus in a preview of their likely (99%) First Round Stanley Cup playoff opponent … Tonight's battle will go a long way in determining which team gets home-ice advantage. Both teams have played 78 games with the Pens holding a slight 1-point edge (107-106) … Pittsburgh's 3-2 win against Carolina was the club's 48th of the season. With that Mike Sullivan sets a team record for wins by a head coach in his first full season … The Pens have a 10-goal lead on Washington for the most in the NHL, led by Sidney Crosby's league-leading 43 … Pittsburgh injuries: Trevor Daley (knee), Carl Hagelin (lower-body), Chris Kunitz (lower-body), Kris Letang (upper-body), Olli Maatta (hand), Evgeni Malkin (upper-body), Tom Sestito (upper-body) … Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky leads the NHL in wins (41), GAA (1.99) and save percentage (.934) … Zach Werenski suffered an upper-body injury against Washington and is listed as day-to-day. The 19-year-old made the trip and has 47 points (11G-36A) in 78 games this season … Brandon Dubinsky leads the Jackets with 237 hits and has 32 career points (12G-20A) against the Pens … Jack Johnson is riding a 3-game point streak (2G-1A) and leads the club with 127 blocked shots … Columbus injuries: Clarkson (back), Murray (hand), Bjorkstrand (upper-body), Sedlak (upper-body), Werenski (upper-body).

MORNING SKATE:

*The Pens used the following workflow at practice…

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*Matt Murray is the 1st goalie off and will start.  

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