The Pittsburgh Penguins (3-5-0) take on the Anaheim Ducks (4-4-0) needing a win to earn a split of their four-game homestand before heading on a West Coast trip that will include a rematch at Anaheim. The Ducks will be looking to polish off a perfect four-game road trip and are coming off a dominant 7-4 win against Philadelphia.
Penguins Game Time:
The Penguins game starts a bit after 7 p.m.
Which Penguins team will show up — the one that played a compete game in a statement win against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, or the one that reverted to some of the same shortcomings that have plagued them often during a loss against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday?
The loss to Ottawa left coach Mike Sullivan saying that, “I just think we’ve got to try to keep our swagger.”
Two issues in particular seem to be haunting the Penguins: goaltending and the power play.
Goaltender Tristan Jarry is 2-4, with both wins coming by shutout, but he has been inconsistent in other games and was pulled Saturday against Ottawa.
The Penguins power play is on an 0-for-16 skid.
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Anaheim needed overtime to win the first two games of its Eastern trip, at Columbus and Boston, before Frank Vatrano notched his second hat trick of the season in the win at Philadelphia.
Vatrano, who has eight goals in eight games, and Ryan Strome, who has eight points in eight games, have provided veteran leadership for a young Anaheim team.
Expected Pittsburgh Penguins lines
Jake Guentzel-Sidney Crosby-Bryan Rust
Reilly Smith-Evgeni Malkin-Rickard Rakell
Drew O’Connor-Lars Eller-Radim Zohorna
Matt Nieto-Noel Acciara-Jeff Carter
Ryan Graves-Kris Letang
Marcus Pettersson-Erik Karlsson
Ryan Shea-Chad Ruhwedel
Expected Anaheim Ducks Lines
Trevor Zegras-Leo Carlsson-Troy Terry
Frank Vatrano-Ryan Strome-Mason McTavish
Max Jones-Adam Henrique-Jakob Silfverberg
Ross Johnston-Sam Carrick-Brett Leason
Cam Fowler-Jackson LaCombe
Pavel Mintyukov-Ilya Lyubushkin
Uhro Vaakanainen-Radko Gudas
Penguins special teams
Penguins power play: 10%, 30th
Penguins penalty kill: 84%, 10th
Ducks power play: 11.5%, 27th
Ducks penalty kill: 75.6%, 20th
Penguins Game Notes
The Penguins are 6-1-0 in their past seven games against Anaheim, 13-5-0 in the teams’ past 18 meetings dating to Nov. 18, 2013, and have won three in a row at home against the Ducks.
Malkin has multiple points in three straight games against Anaheim.
If anything in Monday’s game lends itself to carryover to the teams’ next meeting, they won’t have to wait long. The Penguins play at Anaheim in eight days during a West Coast swing.
How to Watch the Penguins Game:
TV: Sportsnet Pittsburgh
Radio: 105.9 The X