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Penguins vs. Canucks, Game 8: Lines, Notes & How to Watch

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Pittsburgh Penguins game vs. Vancouver Canucks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Pittsburgh Penguins (4-2-1) had an eye-opening beginning to their western road trip. After winning four of their first five games and scoring six goals in each win, the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames knocked them down a few rungs in successive losses. The Penguins reset began at practice on Thursday, while the Vancouver Canucks (1-5-2) earned their first win Thursday by beating the Seattle Kraken.

The Penguins have lost two in a row and been outscored by a Texas-sized 10-4.

After a 3-1 lead against Edmonton, which crested early in the second period, the Penguins have been outscored 9-1.

Expect more simplistic and smart hockey from the Penguins on Friday. Coach Mike Sullivan specifically worked on breakouts and “chip-and-chase” moments in the Penguins’ practice.

Jake Guentzel practiced in a non-contact jersey. Jason Zucker was absent. Typically, Penguins players participate in a full practice before returning to the lineup, but Guentzel may be an exception. Expect him to be a game-time decision.

There have been few highlights this week, but Sam Poulin making his NHL debut was one. Poulin will get a sweater on Friday if Guentzel is unable to return.

Sidney Crosby is ninth in NHL scoring with 11 points (4-7-11). Tristan Jarry is likely the Penguins starter,

Thursday evening, the Canucks acquired Jack Studnicka from the Boston Bruins. The Canucks defeated the Seattle Kraken for their first win of the season, 5-4, at Climate Pledge Arena. Ilya Mikheyev scored two, and Thatcher Demko stopped 27 of 30 shots.

Vancouver has a league-worst 60% penalty kill. They have already allowed 10 power-play goals in just 25 chances.

The PHN+ Penguins notebook from Vancouver also has a few interesting stories from the Penguins’ locker room.

Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:

LWCRW
Jake GuentzelSidney CrosbyBryan Rust
Jason ZuckerEvgeni MalkinRickard Rakell
Danton HeinenRyan PoehlingKasperi Kapanen
Brock McGinnSam PoulinDrew O'Connor
LDRD
Brian DumoulinKris Letang
Marcus PetterssonJeff Petry
P.O JosephJan Rutta
Goalie
Tristan Jarry
Casey DeSmith

Vancouver Canucks Lines, per Puckpedia.com:

Miller – Horvat – Garland

Kuzmenko – Petterssson – Mikheyev

Podkolzin – Aman – Joshua

Pearson – Dries – Hoglander

Defence:

Ekman-Larsson — Myers

Rathbone – Burroughs

Brisebois – Schenn

Goalie:

Spencer Martin

Special Teams

TEAMPower PlayPenalty Kill
Pittsburgh Penguins24.1% (7-29, 11th)72% (7-25, 28th)
Vancouver Canucks22.2% (6-27, 17th)60% (10-25, 32nd)

Pittsburgh Penguins Game Notes:

*Last season, the Penguins went 2-0-0 against the Canucks and outscored them 8-2. Special teams played a large factor. The Penguins’ power play was 3-for-10 (30%), and the penalty kill was a perfect 4-for-4 (100%).

*The Penguins are 8-3-1 overall in their last 12 games versus the Canucks.

*Sidney Crosby has 19 points (9-10-19) in 19 career games against the Canucks, including points in eight of his last 10 games versus them.

*Crosby’s goal on Monday in Edmonton moved him into a tie with Hall-of-Famer Adam Oates for 18th place on the NHL’s all-time points list (1420). He trails Bryan Trottier by five points for 17th place.

*Crosby (899) currently sits one assist away from becoming the 20th player in NHL history to record 900 career assists. Tonight’s game will mark Crosby’s 1,116th career game, and he is on pace to become the sixth-fastest player in NHL history to record 900 career assists.

*J.T. Miller leads the Vancouver Canucks in career points vs. the Penguins. He has 16 points (8-8-16) in 23 games.

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The Penguins are a surprisingly big play to cover against Vancouver, which played last night. The Penguins are a +155 to cover 1.5. It looks very tempting to us.

Vancouver, on the second of back-to-backs, is already at a disadvantage. Factor the emotional release of their first win and their still-disheveled game with not as much depth as the Penguins, and it’s a good bet.

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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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Alan Smith
30 days ago

No Zucker or Jake makes the Pens lineup look second class! Dump and chase sounds about right! need some break aways and good bounces going their way! Was never a fan of back to back games. Two points would be nice! Go Pens!

Jeff Young
Jeff Young
30 days ago

JT Miller is expected to play?

Jeff Young
Jeff Young
30 days ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

Yep, and he needed help off the ice at the end which is why I asked. Thought you may have heard something today. That was quite a game. (Still can’t believe Dundon let Forslund leave. Dumb.) Thanks Dan!

Yawn to those we don’t like a simple question.