The Pittsburgh Penguins look to win their second game in as many attempts without reigning MVP, Evgeni Malkin, as they travel to Florida to take on the Panthers. The Pens fared well in their first game since losing Malkin to injury, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3.
The Florida Panthers are just 2-4-4 in their last ten games and find themselves in 13th place in the Eastern Conference – just one point out of last. The Panthers are coming off consecutive losses, losing to Pittsburgh (3-1) and Boston (4-1).
“We just try to step up because we’re not going to get somebody to replace him (Malkin). I think we all try to raise our level and do the best we can. Hopefully this is something we wont have to deal with for too long.”
The Penguins have scored a power-play goal in each of their last 11 games.
The Panthers have been outscored 7-1 in their last two home games.
This is the 75th meeting between the two teams. Florida leads the all-time series 31-30-4-9.
Kris Letang has points in 5 straight game – six assists.
The Penguins, 8-2-0 on the road this season, and over their last 23 games against the Panthers, the Pens are 18-5-0.
Florida has lost 55 man games to injury. The Penguins have lost 12.
OUT AND ABOUT
The Panthers have 4 players currently 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. Stephen Weiss will miss tonight’s game because of personal reasons.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Penguins: Tomas Vokoun
Vokoun played in Florida for four seasons and is 4-2-2 with a 1.79 GAA and a .936 save percentage against his former team.
Panthers: Jose Theodore
Theodore is 20-5-3 (and 1 tie) in his career against the Penguins. Four of his wins against the Pens have come via shutout.
PROBABLE PANTHERS LINES
PROBABLE PENGUINS LINES
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