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Penguins vs. Dallas Stars, Game 29: Lines, Notes & How to Watch

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Pittsburgh Penguins Game vs. Dallas Stars

In 1991, the Pittsburgh Penguins won their first Stanley Cup by defeating the Minnesota North Stars. A couple of years later, Minnesota abandoned the land of 10,000 lakes and moved to Dallas, but they’ll always have a place in the Penguins’ history. The Penguins (16-8-4) have won five straight and have points in 14 of their last 16 games (12-2-2). They host the Stars (16-7-5) at PPG Paints Arena Monday night.

The puck drops just after 7 p.m.

Dallas kept the Stars moniker in the Lone Star state and eventually won their own Stanley Cup in 1999, even if the page in the history book has a crease. Dallas is led by the scorching-hot Jason Robertson, whose recent 18-game scoring streak thrust him onto the national scene.

Follow PHN’s sister site, Dallas Hockey Now, for Dallas Stars news today: Beat writer Sam Nestler and columnist Bruce Levine.

Dallas is 4-1-1 in their last six and have played two straight OT games, beating the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, 3-2.

On the Penguins’ side, Sidney Crosby‘s relentless effort is gaining Hart Trophy recognition. The Penguins center has 38 points, including 17 goals in just 28 games. He had two more goals and three points in the 3-1 win over Buffalo on Saturday.

Casey DeSmith stopped 37 of 38 shots on Saturday. Defenseman Kris Letang stopped the hockey world by returning to the lineup just 12 days after a stroke.

Tristan Jarry is expected to return to the net on Monday. In his late eight games, Jarry has been on a tear with a .948 save percentage and a 7-0-1 record.

However, defenseman Jeff Petry is out. He is being evaluated for an upper-body injury suffered near the end of the Penguins’ win over Buffalo.

Jake Oettinger is expected to start for Dallas. Oettinger, 23, is one of the young goalie stars in the NHL. He has a .915 save percentage and 2.52 GAA.

Expected Pittsburgh Penguins Lines

Guentzel-Crosby-Rakell

Zucker-Malkin-Rust

Mcginn-Carter-Kapanen

Poehling-Blueger-Archibald

Defense:

Pettersson-Letang

Dumoulin-Rutta

Joseph-Ruhwedel

Goalie:

Tristan Jarry

Expected Dallas Stars Lines, Per PuckPedia.com:

Robertson-Hintz-Pavelski

Marchment-Faksa-Seguin

Benn-Johnston-Dellandrea

Kiviranta-Glendenning-Gurianov

Defense:

Heiskenan-Lundqvist

Suter-Miller

Lindell-Hakanpaa

Goalie:

Jake Oettinger

Special Teams

Penguins Power Play: 19-95, 20%, 25th

Penguins Penalty Kill: 16-89, 82%, 5th

Stars Power Play: 22-87, 25.3%, 5th

Stars Penalty Kill: 16-104, 84.6%, 3rd

Pittsburgh Penguins Game Notes:

The Penguins have points in seven of their last eight games against the Stars (5-1-2) dating back to Feb. 9, 2018.

Surprise: Brian Dumoulin’s three assists in December are the most among Penguins defensemen and fourth overall on the team. 

Sidney Crosby’s three-point game (2-1-3) on Saturday was the 165th three-point game of his NHL career, surpassing Jari Kurri (164) for sole possession of the ninth-most three-point games in NHL history.

The Penguins are officially the hottest team in the NHL. With points in 14 of their last 16 games, including 12 wins, no team has more points than the Penguins (26). During this span, they have vaulted from 27th in the league standings to seventh (tied).

Sidney Crosby leads the NHL in even strength points (31). He is third with 15 EV goals.

The struggling Penguins’ power play is 7-21 (33%) in the last five games.

How to Watch the Penguins Game:

TV: AT&T SportsNet

Radio: 105.9 The X

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We like the Penguins, and here’s why:

The Penguins have feasted on Western Conference opponents, they’re playing as well as they need to every night, and Sidney Crosby is piling up the points.

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Also, Dallas coach Pete DeBoer doesn’t always adhere to the No. 1 goalie in the front end of the back-to-backs rule, so the Penguins might see a backup.

This is the third game in four nights for the Penguins, but home ice should help. We like the Penguins, but we also like the Under. The Penguins must match the Stars’ “DeBoer” defensive posture. Look for this one to be a 3-2 kind of game.

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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.