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A Central Thumper, Penguins Game 62: Lines, Notes & What to Watch vs. Blues

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Pittsburgh Penguins St. Louis Blues Game

The three-game Western Conference road trip continues for the Pittsburgh Penguins (36-16-9), who owned the puck but not the goals in their loss to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. The Penguins get another big team with big aspirations when they visit the St. Louis Blues (34-17-8) at the Enterprise Center.

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On Tuesday, the Penguins had nine high-danger chances and allowed just two but still lost to Nashville 4-1. The Penguins also ran into a hot goalie. Juuse Saros looked every bit the Vezina Trophy candidate. Head coach Mike Sullivan kept his lineup changes intact, including pairing Mike Matheson with Kris Letang on the top pairing.

“This one stings…,” Evan Rodrigues said.

On the newly configured Penguin lines, Bryan Rust played with Evgeni Malkin, and Evan Rodrigues played with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel. Given the Penguins’ solid effort, we expect the changes to stick, though Letang and Matheson could be separated to balance the offense (and because Brian Dumoulin and John Marino did not perform well together as the second pair).

St. Louis is 2-0-1 in their last three games and has scored 16 goals. The Blues players average over 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds. They are a big group. Goalie Jordan Binnington, who rose to fame in the 2019 Stanley Cup run, has been challenged by Ville Husso, who has a .928 save percentage compared to Binnington’s .903.

After Casey DeSmith started on Tuesday, Tristan Jarry should return to the Penguins net.

Expected Pittsburgh Penguins Lines

LWCRW
Jake GuentzelSidney CrosbyBryan Rust
Rickard RakellEvgeni MalkinKasperi Kapanen
Jason ZuckerJeff CarterDanton Heinen
Brock McGinnTeddy BluegerEvan Rodrigues
LDRD
Mike MathesonKris Letang
Marcus PetterssonJohn Marino
Mark FriedmanChad Ruhwedel
Goalie
Tristan Jarry
Louis Domingue

Expected Blues Lines, per PuckPedia.com:

Saad-O’Reilly-Perron

Kyrou-Schenn-Tarasenko

Buchnevich-Brown-Barbashev

MacEachern-Sundqvist-Toropchenko

Defense:

Scandella-Parayko

Krug-Faulk

Mikkola-Bortuzzo

Goalie:

Ville Husso (unconfirmed)

Pittsburgh Penguins Game Notes:

*The Penguins beat the Blues 5-3 on Jan. 5.

*The Blues power play shares 3rd (26.4%), and their penalty kill ranks 8th (82.7%). The Penguins PP has been falling. It was 0-for 5 against Nashville and is 15th (21.0%). The PK is holding steady near the top of the league (85.8%, 3rd).

*The Penguins have points in three-straight road games (2-0-1) and have just one regulation loss in their last 10 road games (8-1-1).

*Sidney Crosby (878) is one assist shy from surpassing Nicklas Lidstrom (878) for sole possession of 22nd place on the NHL’s all-time assist list.

*St. Louis has never scored against Tristan Jarry, who has two career games, versus St. Louis. He is 2-0-0 and stopped all 41 shots he faced.

*Kris Letang has 15 points (2-13-15) in 17 career games against the Blues.

How to Watch

TV: AT&T SportsNet; Radio: 105.9 The X.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Paul
Paul
2 months ago

If I were HexBurke, I’d be hot on the trail of Tyler Bertuzzi, who fits what this team needs in the worst way — a younger (27), bigger (6-1, 200), affordable ($4.25 mil) goal-scorer who can mix it up in the top six. The Red Wings are open for business.

Last edited 2 months ago by Paul
D1VE is Dumb
D1VE is Dumb
2 months ago

“*The Penguins have points in three-straight road games (2-0-1).”

I guess Tuesday in Nashville was a home game???

Jack McCrory
Jack McCrory
2 months ago

What does Simon add ??? Any WBS forward would be an improvement. Where’s Nylander ?

DaGama
DaGama
2 months ago
Reply to  Jack McCrory

Nys left spots on Sully’s car.

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