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Rematch; Penguins Game 63 vs. Oilers: Lines, Notes & How to Watch

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Pittsburgh Penguins Game vs. Edmonton Oilers

It’s never guaranteed that things will get easier. Case in point is the Pittsburgh Penguins, who on Sunday have a rematch with the Edmonton Oilers.

The Penguins (28-26-8) return home from Saturday’s 5-1 loss at Boston to face the Oilers (38-21-3), the team that spanked them 6-1 one week earlier at the end of a disastrous western trip.

Edmonton played Saturday, too, falling at Buffalo 3-2 in a shootout.

Game Time

The game starts a little after 1 p.m. (You did change your clocks, right?)

Penguins Preview

The reeling Penguins have fallen below Buffalo in the East and are now eight points and five teams out of an Eastern Conference wildcard spot. They are 10 points and four teams out of third in the Metropolitan Division.

Overall, the Penguins are 1-5 in their past six games.

The game at Boston was their first after the NHL trade deadline. Newcomer Michael Bunting seemed to have a pretty good debut playing alongside Sidney Crosby, but that was hardly enough as the difference in the level of the two teams was evident.

One positive note for the Penguins: Top-six winger Bryan Rust seems close to returning. He was a full go Friday in practice and is eligible to come off IR.

However, forward Drew O’Connor is expected to remain out because of a concussion, although he has skated separately from the team.

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Edmonton hasn’t been gangbusters since it smacked the Penguins a week ago.

The Oilers are 1-1-1 in the interim – a 2-1 overtime win at Boston, a 4-2 loss to the worst team in the East, Columbus, and on Saturday a gut-check loss at Buffalo where they blew a two-goal lead.

Edmonton captain Connor McDavid had his 14-game point streak (2 goals, 27 assists) snapped, but he’s still third in the league with 100 points.

The Oilers are in second place in the Pacific Division, 12 points behind Vancouver with four games in hand, and four points ahead of Los Angeles and Vegas.

Expected Penguins Lines

Michael Bunting-Sidney Crosby-Rickard Rakell

Reilly Smith-Evgeni Malkin-Valtteri Puustinen

Jesse Puljujarvi-Lars Eller-Emil Bemstrom

Jonathan Gruden-Noel Acciari-Jeff Carter

Defense

P.O Joseph-Kris Letang

Marcus Pettersson-Erik Karlsson

Ryan Graves-John Ludvig

Goalies

Tristan Jarry

Alex Nedeljkovic

Expected Oilers Lines

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins/Connor McDavid-Zach Hyman

Ryan McLeod-Leon Draisaitl-Warren Foegele

Evander Kane-Adam Henrique-Corey Perry

Mattias Janmark-Sam Carrick-Connor Brown

Defense

Mattias Ekholm-Evan Bouchard

Darnell Nurse-Vincent Desharnais

Brett Kulak-Cody Ceci

Goalies

Calvin Pickard

Stuart Skinner

Penguins Special Teams

Penguins power play: 15.0%, 28th

Penguins penalty kill: 81.9%, 6th

Oilers power play: 26.2%, 5th

Oilers penalty kill: 79.4%, 15th

Penguins Game Notes

This game concludes the teams’ season series.

The Penguins are 7-2-2 against the Oilers at home since Nov. 6, 2008.

The Penguins are 7-2-0 in the second half of back-to-back games this season.

Evgeni Malkin has 21 points (8 goals, 13 assists) in 20 career games against the Oilers. That includes the Penguins’ lone goal last Sunday.

Jeff Carter has 38 points (23 goals, 15 assists) in 40 career games against Edmonton.

Erik Karlsson has 27 points (6 goals, 12 assists) in 26 career games against the Oilers.

This is the 13th head-to-head matchup between the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby and Edmonton’s Connor McDavid. The Penguins are 6-5-1 in those games.

How to Watch

TV: TNT

Radio: 105.9 FM The X