|9||PITTSBURGH||-175||Ov 5.5,+105||-155||Ov 5.5,+105|
|10||FLORIDA||+155||Un 5.5,-125||+135||Un 5.5,-125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8-2-0||+5.6||8-2||+5.6||5-5||3.4||30.4||2.1||29.8|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+2.2||4-1||+2.2||3-2||4.0||31.4||2.8||28.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||19||65||23||16||25||1||6||578||11.2%||75||21||28.0%||107|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||10||34||16||5||12||1||5||304||11.2%||39||11||28.2%||53|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||20||8||2||10||0||2||157||12.7%||20||6||30.0%||34|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||48||8||23||17||0||1||524||9.2%||73||13||17.8%||82|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||21||3||8||10||0||1||298||7.0%||44||6||13.6%||38|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||3||5||6||0||0||144||9.7%||16||3||18.7%||25|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)||13||13||344||315||91.6%||0||10-3||+5||10-3-0||+5||7-6|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Road Games)||6||6||180||169||93.9%||0||5-1||+4||5-1-0||+4||2-4|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||112||104||92.9%||0||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||2-2|
|BRAD THIESSEN (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BRAD THIESSEN (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)||7||6||179||161||89.9%||0||3-3||-1.9||3-3-0||-2||4-2|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Road Games)||4||4||117||108||92.3%||0||3-1||+1.6||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||107||95||88.8%||0||2-2||-1.5||2-2-0||-2||2-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2-7-0||-5.4||2-7||-5.4||5-3||2.7||30.7||3.8||32.4|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3||1-4||-3||2-2||2.4||30.2||3.6||35.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||18||42||16||13||12||1||2||515||8.2%||66||11||16.7%||62|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||9||24||9||7||8||0||1||276||8.7%||36||7||19.4%||38|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||5||4||3||0||0||151||7.9%||13||1||7.7%||19|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||65||19||23||19||4||2||567||11.5%||64||17||26.6%||109|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||34||10||11||10||3||2||292||11.6%||32||8||25.0%||56|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||18||5||5||7||1||1||175||10.3%||13||4||30.8%||31|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (All Games)||6||4||138||119||86.2%||0||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||2-2|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Home Games)||2||1||46||36||78.3%||0||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Last 4 Games)||4||3||88||77||87.5%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (All Games)||2||2||71||65||91.5%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||0-1|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (Home Games)||1||1||31||28||90.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-0|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||2||2||71||65||91.5%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||0-1|
|JOSE THEODORE (All Games)||12||12||356||318||89.3%||1||4-8||-3.8||4-8-0||-4||6-6|
|JOSE THEODORE (Home Games)||7||7||213||194||91.1%||0||2-5||-3.2||2-5-0||-3||4-3|
|JOSE THEODORE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||122||107||87.7%||0||0-4||-4.2||0-4-0||-4||1-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 2.91, FLORIDA 3.13|
|1/31/2013||at NY RANGERS||3-0||W||0, +100||W|| ||U|
|2/2/2013||NEW JERSEY||5-1||W||0, -145||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/3/2013||at WASHINGTON||6-3||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||4-2||W||0, -145||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/7/2013||WASHINGTON||5-2||W||0, -200||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/9/2013||at NEW JERSEY||1-3||L||0, -105||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/10/2013||NEW JERSEY||1-3||L||0, -165||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/13/2013||OTTAWA||4-2||W||0, -185||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/15/2013||at WINNIPEG||3-1||W||0, -150||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/17/2013||at BUFFALO||4-3||W||0, -135||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/20/2013||PHILADELPHIA||5-6||L||0, -185||L||5.5 ov||O|
|2/22/2013||FLORIDA||3-1||W||0, -250||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/24/2013||TAMPA BAY||5-3||W||0, -175||W||6 ov||O|
|2/26/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|2/28/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|3/2/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|3/4/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|3/7/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|3/9/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|1/31/2013||WINNIPEG||6-3||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/3/2013||at BUFFALO||4-3||W||0, +120||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||at WINNIPEG||2-3||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/7/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||3-2||W||0, +125||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/9/2013||at WASHINGTON||0-5||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/12/2013||WASHINGTON||5-6||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/14/2013||MONTREAL||0-1||L||0, +105||L||5 ov||U|
|2/16/2013||TAMPA BAY||5-6||L||0, +105||L||5.5 ev||O|
|2/18/2013||TORONTO||0-3||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/21/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||5-2||W||0, +125||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/22/2013||at PITTSBURGH||1-3||L||0, +210||L||5.5 ov||U|
|2/24/2013||BOSTON||1-4||L||0, +145||L||5 ov||P|
|3/2/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|3/7/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
LAST SEASON: 51-25-6, 108 points. Lost to Philadelphia 4-2 in first round.
COACH: Dan Bylsma, 5th season with Penguins, 165-81-25.
ADDED: C Brandon Sutter, G Tomas Vokoun, LW Tanner Glass.
LOST: C Jordan Staal, RW Steve Sullivan, G Brent Johnson, RW Arron Asham, D Zbynek Michalek.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Sidney Crosby. The 25-year-old superstar appears to be fully recovered from concussion-like symptoms that limited him to just 22 games last season. He should be back in his comfort zone with linemates Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz along for the ride. If healthy, he's the game's greatest playmaker.
OUTLOOK: With Crosby and reigning league MVP Evgeni Malkin in their primes, anything less than a Stanley Cup will be considered a disappointment.
LAST SEASON: 38-26-18, 94 points. Lost to New Jersey 4-3 in first round.
COACH: Kevin Dineen, 2nd season with Panthers, 38-26-18; 2nd overall in NHL.
ADDED: D Filip Kuba, C Peter Mueller, RW George Parros, RW Alex Kovalev.
LOST: D Jason Garrison, LW Wojtek Wolski, C John Madden.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Kovalev. He's still strong and talented, and could be the perfect fit for a second line that sometimes struggled with scoring a year ago. Plus, considering how much Florida struggles with shootouts, someone like Kovalev could pay immediate dividends.
OUTLOOK: Most of the team that won the Southeast Division title last season is back. The Panthers might have one of the best 1-2 goaltending combos in the league with Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen. If health isn't an issue, the Panthers could go deeper in the playoffs this time around.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-FLORIDA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Malkin out)
*Penguins-Panthers Preview* ===========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Pittsburgh (13-6-0) at Florida (5-9-4), 7:30 p.m. EDT
The Pittsburgh Penguins have already shown they can thrive without one of their superstars, and they're hoping to prove it again.
The Penguins won't have Evgeni Malkin available for a three-game road trip that begins Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers, losers of five straight at home.
Pittsburgh (13-6-0) won its first game since Malkin was nudged into the boards by Erik Gudbranson in a 3-1 home victory over Florida on Friday. Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist in a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday and Beau Bennett scored his first NHL goal.
The Penguins announced that same night that Malkin has short-term memory loss and was diagnosed with a concussion. Coach Dan Bylsma told the team's website that the reigning league MVP has not experienced headaches or disorientation since the injury.
"There are times where guys go down and other guys have to jump in," center Brandon Sutter said. "We hope (Malkin) not going to be (out) too long. He's a big part of our team, but there are a few of us that can step up."
Pittsburgh went 63-36-9 during the 108 games, including the playoffs, that Crosby missed with concussions over the previous two seasons. Crosby sat out 60 games last season and has bounced back by putting himself among the league leaders with 28 points.
He's collected four goals and seven assists during a 5-1-0 stretch but had a rare game without a point against the Panthers on Friday. Crosby has 13 goals and 13 assists in 22 career matchups, and has scored in each of his last three trips to Florida.
The Panthers have not been enjoying as much success in their home rink lately, having been outscored 7-1 in their last two there.
Not even a 17-8 shot advantage in the third period could help the Panthers in a 4-1 defeat to visiting Boston on Sunday. Tomas Kopecky had his team's lone goal in the opening frame.
"There's a clear understanding of how we have to play. We can preach it and ask it, but now it's time for more direct action," coach Kevin Dineen said.
The Panthers (5-9-4) have dropped seven of eight at home, and their 0-2-3 stretch there puts them on the verge of matching a six-game skid (0-4-2) from Dec. 22, 2007-Jan. 13, 2008.
The Penguins, 8-2-0 on the road, are 18-5-0 in their last 23 matchups with the Panthers and have won three of four in Florida.
With goaltender Jacob Markstrom reportedly having been sent down to the AHL, the Panthers might turn to Jose Theodore, who hasn't started since Feb. 18. Theodore was benched after allowing 15 goals over a four-game stretch but is 20-3-3 with a tie and a 2.15 goals-against average in his last 27 against Pittsburgh.
Whoever starts for the Panthers is hoping to avoid the 40-23 shot disparity from Friday.
Marc-Andre Fleury was between the pipes for Pittsburgh, and is riding a five-game winning streak with a 2.00 GAA. He also has a 1.30 GAA in winning his last six starts versus Florida.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 7:28:53 AM EST|