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Viva Las Vegas, Gm 38: Penguins Lines, Notes & Preview vs. Golden Knights

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Pittsburgh Penguins game, Vegas Golden Knights

Hoping to build on their competitive third period against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night in their 2-1 OT win, the Pittsburgh Penguins (22-10-5) hope to find their game with the inclusion of Evgeni Malkin. There’s no longer a reunion with Marc-Andre Fleury as the Penguins face the Vegas Golden Knights (23-14-2) at T-Mobile Arena on Monday night. The pucks will drop after 10 p.m.

The Penguins have played more bad periods than good periods over the last four games but are 3-2-0 in the first five games of their six-game western road trip. Integrating Malkin has been the challenge they expected, but missing Bryan Rust, Jason Zucker, Zach Aston-Reese, and Brock McGinn didn’t help the Penguins lineup stability.

McGinn returned on Saturday. Rust and Zucker are game-time decisions in Vegas. The Penguins lineup may look like its authentic self, if not on Monday, then soon. Drew O’Connor is being evaluated for an injury, so Radim Zohorna will likely hang around for a while longer.

Update: Zucker and Rust were activated. Zohorna and Kasper Bjorkqvist were assigned to the Taxi Squad.

On Saturday, the Penguins escaped San Jose with a win. Goalie Louis Domingue made a strong case for more opportunities with a 40-save performance.

Tristan Jarry likely starts against Vegas. Last week, Jarry was named to his second All-Star Game. He has a .932 save percentage and 2.05 GAA.

Vegas will likely tab Robin Lehner in net. Lehner has not been spectacular with a 15-10-1 record, 2.91 GAA, and .905 save percentage.

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 Vegas Golden Knights Lines per PuckPedia.com:

Dadonov-Stephenson-Stone

Marchessault-Karlsson-Smith

Janmark-Roy-Kolesar

Carrier-Howden-Patrick

Defense:

Pietrangelo-Whitecloud

McNabb-Theodore

Hutton-Coughlan

Goalie:

Lehner

Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Odds

Penguins +1.5 (-255), Vegas Golden Knights (+205)

Moneyline: Penguins (-105), Golden Knights (-115)

Penguins to score over 4.5 goals, +385

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Pittsburgh Penguins Game Notes

*The Penguins PK is back to over 90% but is still second in the league (90.3%, 2nd). The power play remains an area that needs improvement (17.6, 22nd). Vegas is not a special teams giant. Their power play (20%, 14th), and penalty kill (78.1%, 20th) are in the middle of the league.

*Jeff Carter has nine points (7G-2A) in 16 career games against Vegas. Only five players in NHL history have more goals versus the Golden Knights than Carter’s seven – Anze Kopitar (11), Kyle Connor (9), Ryan O’Reilly (8), Matthew Tkachuk (8), Auston Matthews (8).

*Jake Guentzel is one goal shy of eclipsing a 20-goal plateau for a fifth consecutive season.

*Defenseman Kris Letang has a seven-game point streak (2-10-12).

*Guentzel, Crosby, and Rust have played just nine games together this season (Nov. 14-24; Jan. 2-6), and have accounted for 18 of the Penguins’ 36 goals in those games (50%).

*Evgeni Malkin has 74 career game-winning-goals His next game-winner will surpass Mario Lemieux for sole possession of second place on the team’s all-time game-winning goals list. Jaromir Jagr had 78.

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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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Dean
Dean
3 months ago

where is carter?

Cal
Cal
3 months ago

Lets hope the boys get it together again and gel asap. Goaltenders stealing points is great but not a long term success model. I would have preferred Zoho over Simon just to see more of the big guy. I think they can win tonight if they get to pucks quickly (they have been seriously beaten to the puck in the last few games) and shoot it when they have a chance. LGP!

Cal
Cal
3 months ago
Reply to  Cal

Never mind the Zoho/Simon comment from me, sigh, looks like I just lost my 50% off coupon gift.

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walligo1@yahoo.com
3 months ago
Reply to  Cal

they have been on the road for at least a week…..that wears on you and changes your lifestyle

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