Game Day Report: Game 18 – Panthers @ Pittsburgh

Published on February 22nd, 2013


The Pittsburgh Penguins head into tonights game with hopes of erasing the memory of a 6-5 loss at the hands of their cross-state rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers. Scoring goals has rarely been a problem for the Penguins. Coming into tonight’s tilt, the Pens are in second in the League with 57 goals, trailing only the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Florida Panthers ended a five-game skid last night, defeating the Flyers 5-2. Despite just ending a five-game winless streak, the Panthers definitely have some offensive prowess in their game. They have scored five or more goals in three of the last five games.

“They’ve got a good team. They’ve got guys like Fleischmann and Weiss who are real strong on the puck, good skaters and definitely a team you can’t take them lightly. Tough task.”
-Tanner Glass

NOTABLE STATS
Malkin ended a six-game goal scoring streak Wednesday night against the Flyers and looks to continue his scoring ways tonight. However, Geno has just five goals in 21 games in his career against Florida.

The Penguins have scored a power-play goal in each of their last nine games.

Brooks Orpik comes into tonight’s game with a three-game point streak.

INJURY PLAGUED PANTHERS
The Panthers have 4 players fighting the injury bug. Sean Bergenheim, Ed Jovanovski and Scottie Upshall are all nursing lower body injuries, while Kris Versteeg and Michael Caruso are both out with upper body injuries.

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Penguins: Pascal Dupuis
Dupuis has notched 17 points in 28-career games against the Panthers and is tied for second on the Pens in goal scoring with Sidney Crosby with 7 goals.

Panthers: Jonathan Huberdeau
Huberdeau is one of the keys to the future for the Panthers. He’s just 19-years old and in his last game against the Flyers, Huberdea notched four points (2G, 2A)

PROBABLE PANTHERS LINES
Fleischmann-Goc-Kopecky
Skille-Weiss-Matthias
Huberdeau-Shore-Mueller
Kovalev-Santorelli-Parros

Kulikov-Campbell
Kuba-Weaver
Gudbranson-Strachan

Markstrom

PROBABLE PENGUINS LINES
Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis
Cooke-Malkin-Neal
Bennett-Sutter-Kennedy
Glass-Jeffrey-Adams

Orpik-Martin
Niskanen-Letang
Despres-Engelland

Fleury


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