NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, April 7th (All times eastern)
Pittsburgh Penguins (19-43-13) at Florida Panthers (34-33-9), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two teams trying to end two-game slides meet tonight when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center.
The Penguins are coming off a home-and-home sweep at the hands of New Jersey, including Wednesday's 6-4 tilt at the Meadowlands. Patrik Elias recorded a hat trick and added two assists to lead the Devils.
Andy Hilbert scored twice and Sidney Crosby tallied a goal for the Penguins, who are 1-6-1 in their last eight games. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 21-of-27 shots in the loss.
The Penguins, with 51 points, remain last in the NHL standings -- three behind the St. Louis Blues.
Pittsburgh will visit Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Florida, meanwhile, has fallen to Tampa and Atlanta during its slide, including Wednesday's 5-2 tilt against the visiting Thrashers. Scott Mellanby and Marian Hossa each scored third-period goals to lift the visitors.
Juraj Kolnik and Martin Gelinas scored for the Panthers, who have dropped three of their last four games and are now 10 points out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Roberto Luongo allowed four goals on 33 shots in defeat.
The Panthers will host the Lightning on Sunday.
Florida is 3-0 against Pittsburgh this season and has won 12 straight meetings, dating back to March 5, 2002.
04/07 10:24:36 ET