NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, March 6th
(All times eastern)
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim(25-26-9-8)at Pittsburgh Penguins (13-44-6-4),7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim try to keep their push for the
playoffs alive tonight when they face the lowly Pittsburgh Penguins at the
The Mighty Ducks, last year's Western Conference champs, have 67 points after
Friday's 5-2 victory in Chicago. Anaheim is tied with Edmonton for 10th place
in the conference and is currently six behind Los Angeles for the eighth and
final postseason berth in the West.
On Friday, Steve Rucchin finished with two goals and an assist to lead the
Mighty Ducks to the triumph over the Blackhawks.
Petr Sykora registered a goal and an assist for the Mighty Ducks, who earned
their third straight victory. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 34 saves to post his
league-leading eighth win since the All-Star break.
The Ducks complete their two-game road trip tonight and return home for
Monday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh was dealt an embarrassing loss to the Nashville
Predators on Thursday. Dan Hamhuis posted a goal and four assists, as the
Predators used a club-record six power-play goals to keep the Penguins winless
at home for the 16th straight game with a 9-4 victory.
Milan Kraft, Josef Melichar, Landon Wilson and Dick Tarnstrom each registered
a goal for Pittsburgh, which hasn't won at home since a 1-0 victory over
Chicago on December 29.
On Tuesday, the Pens needed a late rally to tie the New York Islanders in
order to stop their 14-game home losing skid. Pittsburgh is 0-15-1 in the last
16 home tilts.
Pittsburgh goaltender Andy Chiodo let in all nine goals against 32 shots in
the losing effort.
The Penguins are last in the NHL's overall standings with 36 points -- 14
points behind the next closest teams.
The Pens close their three-game homestand tonight before heading to the Big
Apple to face the Rangers on Sunday.
Anaheim has won three straight and is 6-1-1 in the last eight matchups with
the Penguins. The Ducks have also been victorious in two of their previous
three trips to the Steel City.
03/06 10:07:12 ET