ANAHEIM — The Pittsburgh Penguins (4-6-0) have a chance to win consecutive games for just the second time this season when they face the Anaheim Ducks (7-4-0) at the Honda Center Tuesday night.
The puck drops just after 10:00 p.m. eastern time and after 7:00 p.m. western time.
Editor’s note: The original version of the story listed a 7:30 start time.
Penguins Game Preview
Saturday, the Penguins completed the historic two-game embarrassment of the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center. Never before in the expansion era had a team given up 10 goals in consecutive games. Not since the original six Boston Bruins did it in 1965 had a team been so beaten, but the Penguins hung 10 on the Sharks in a 10-2 win.
Reilly Smith scored the first two goals of the game but didn’t complete the hat trick. Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel also scored two goals. Bryan Rust initially finished with five points, but scorers took away his assist on the 10th goal, reducing his total to one goal and three assists. Smith and Guentzel also had four points in the blowout win.
Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry was sharp when challenged. He stopped 24 of 26 shots for his second win of the season.
The Ducks rallied on Sunday to be the first team this season to beat the Vegas Golden Knights in regulation. Anaheim rallied from a 2-0 third period deficit for a 4-2 win, ending the Vegas points streak at 12.
The Ducks also escaped with a win in Pittsburgh last week. The Penguins had a 5v3 for nearly two minutes, but a Penguins turnover at the blue line spring Mason McTavish on a breakaway as he exited the penalty box. McTavish scored the game-winner with 13 seconds remaining.
The Penguins have lost five of their last seven but exorcised some demons by crushing the Sharks in the first of their three-game west coast trip.
Penguins forward Jeff Carter faced the media on Monday to discuss his healthy scratch and future. He will be out of the lineup again on Tuesday and for the foreseeable future.
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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 Acciari – Vinnie Hinostroza
Ryan Graves – Kris Letang
Marcus Pettersson – Erik Karlsson
P.O Joseph – Ryan Shea
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: 19.4%, 16th
Penguins penalty kill: 79.4%, 14th
Ducks power play: 20%, 15th
Ducks penalty kill: 78.6%, 17th
Penguins Game Notes
The Penguins have won six of the last eight games against the Anaheim Ducks and three of the last four games at the Honda Center.
The Penguins’ 56.8% team faceoff win percentage leads the NHL. Sidney Crosby ranks second in the league with 138 faceoff wins and third in the NHL with a 61.6% faceoff win percentage.
Jake Guentzel has seven goals and nine points in nine games against Anaheim.
Bryan Rust has six even-strength goals. Only Toronto’s Austin Matthews (9), Tampa Bay’s Brandon Hagel (7), and Boston’s David Pastrnak (7) have more.
Sidney Crosby (1A) and Kris Letang (1G) connected on a goal Saturday, the 290th time in their career. Only Phil Esposito/Bobby Orr (306) and Wayne Gretzky/Paul Coffey (350) have connected more times.
Crosby has a five-game points streak. He’s been scoreless only once this season.
How to Watch the Penguins Game
TV: SportsNet Pittsburgh
Radio: 105.9 The X
The Penguins have been all over the map this season. They’ve played well and lost. They’ve played poorly … and lost. The Ducks are coming off an emotional comeback win over Vegas. Their blend of youth and talent makes them both an easy-to-play-against team but dangerous because they can score quickly.
The Penguins should have buried the Ducks in Pittsburgh. Oddly, the Penguins are HEAVY favorites on the Moneyline, as Vegas clearly thinks they’re primed for a run.
We’re not so sure.
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