Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Nashville Predators Game Day 01-31-2017

By Larry Snyder

Will the Pittsburgh Penguins (30-13-5, 65 points) come out of the All-Star break ready to snap their two-game losing streak with a victory this evening against the Nashville Predators (24-17-8, 56 points)? The two combatants gather at 7:00 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena. Check out every drop of the puck on ROOT Sports.

Defenseman Justin Schultz keeps getting better as he has put up eight goals and 22 assists in his last 26 contests for a total of 30 points. The 26-year-old member of the blue line crew owns a career-high 35 points this season.

From The Penguins Twitter Account…

Nashville visits the City of Bridges coming off a 4-3 win at home over the Columbus Blue Jackets just before the All-Star break. Right wing Craig Smith contributed a pair of goals for the victory.

The skate sharpeners at LeftWingLock.com confirmed Matt Murray (2.42 GAA) in goal for the Pens and projected Pekka Rinne (2.36 GAA) in the net for the Preds.

Meanwhile, the center ice watchers at the Bovada and 5-Dimes online sportsbooks put Pittsburgh -1.5 for tonight’s meeting with Nashville and the over/under at 5.5. I see a 3-2 victory for Mike Sullivan’s squad.

PiTTSBURGH PENGUINS 2016-2017 RUNDOWN:

Home Record: 20-3-2

Away Record: 10-10-3

Last 10 Games: 5-5-0

Pens Vs. Central Division: 1-4-1

Bleacher Report Power Ranking This Week: 6th

Goals For/Against: 172/141 (+31)

Power Play: 22.8% (5th)

Penalty Kill: 78.9% (24th)

Game Winning Goals Leaders: Evgeni Malkin and Conor Sheary with 4 each

Power Play Goals Leader: Sidney Crosby with 10

Short Handed Goals Leaders: Nick Bonino and Matt Cullen with 1 each

Faceoff Leader: Sidney Crosby 47.5%

Hits Leader: Patric Hornqvist with 137

Blocks Leader: Ian Cole with 114

NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2016-2017 RUNDOWN:

Home Record: 13-5-6

Away Record: 11-12-2

Last 10 Games: 7-2-1

Predators Vs. Metropolitan Division: 4-1-3

Bleacher Report Power Ranking This Week: 10th

Goals For/Against: 138/130 (+8)

Power Play: 18.0% (15th)

Penalty Kill: 83.1% (10th)

Game Winning Goals Leader: Ryan Johansen with 3

Power Play Goals Leader: Mike Fisher with 6

Short Handed Goals Leader: Viktor Arvidsson with 2

Faceoff Leader: Mike Fisher 54.9%

Hits Leader: Austin Watson with 91

Blocks Leader: Ryan Ellis with 78

Looking back at Sidney Crosby to Alex Ovechkin for the goal at NHL All-Star Game from SAP Highlights on YouTube.com…