NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, January 16th
(All times eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (25-15-5) at Pittsburgh Penguins (11-25-9), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to halt a six-game losing
streak tonight when they host the Vancouver Canucks at Mellon Arena.
The Penguins have three six-game losing streaks this season and those droughts
are still shy of the nine-game skid they kicked off the campaign with.
Pittsburgh's latest setback came Sunday in Nashville. Scott Walker scored a
pair of goals as the Predators built a large lead and then held on to defeat
the Pens, 5-4, at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Colby Armstrong and Ryan Malone both had a goal and an assist for the
Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury and Sebastien Caron combined to allow five goals
on 32 shots in the loss.
The Pens have just 31 points and are last in the Eastern Conference.
Tonight's test kicks off a three-game homestand for Pittsburgh, which is just
6-11-5 at the Igloo this year.
The Canucks, meanwhile, have won four of their last five contests. Their
latest victory came in a rout Saturday at Nassau Coliseum. Todd Bertuzzi
netted a hat trick and Anson Carter had two goals and an assist to pace
Vancouver to an 8-1 victory over the New York Islanders.
Henrik Sedin had a goal and two assists for the Canucks.
Jarkko Ruutu had a goal and an assist, while Markus Naslund and Daniel Sedin
each finished with two assists. Alex Auld stopped 36 shots in net.
Bertuzzi, who started his career with the Islanders (1995-98), scored twice in
a span of 1:46 during the opening period and completed his second hat trick
this season and the fifth of his career late in the second. His second goal
was his 500th career point.
The Canucks, who are 9-12-2 as the visiting team this season, complete a
three-game trip tonight.
Vancouver has taken four straight against the Penguins overall and two in a
row in Pittsburgh.
01/16 10:17:30 ET