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Friday, November 25th (All times eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (7-9-6) at Florida Panthers (6-12-4), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Florida Panthers will try to avoid tying the franchise record for consecutive losses this evening, as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Bank Atlantic Center.

The Panthers have dropped 12 straight games and are just one loss shy of matching the club mark of 13 in a row set from February 7 through March 23, 1998.

Florida's most recent setback came Wednesday night versus the New Jersey Devils. Martin Brodeur made 24 saves and New Jersey scored three goals in a span of just 93 seconds late in the first period to take a 5-1 decision in Sunrise.

Jozef Stumpel scored the lone goal for the Panthers, who haven't won a game since October 25 at Pittsburgh. Florida is 0-8-4 since that victory over the Penguins.

Tonight's game ends a three-game homestand for Florida, which is 4-4-1 at Bank Atlantic Center.

The Penguins, meanwhile, earned a victory Tuesday against Washington. Sidney Crosby tallied a goal and an assist and Ziggy Palffy scored twice, as Pittsburgh outlasted the Capitals, 5-4, in a contest that featured the NHL's two most heralded rookies.

Richard Jackman and Lasse Pirjeta also scored for Pittsburgh, which won for the second time in its last three games. Sebastien Caron made 41 saves in the victory.

Alexander Ovechkin, who will battle Crosby all season for the Calder Trophy, given to the league's top rookie, managed only an assist for Washington. Crosby leads all rookies with 27 points, while Ovechkin is second with 23.

The Panthers have won 10 straight in the series versus Pittsburgh and picked up an overtime win in the Steel City on October 25. The Penguins haven't beaten Florida since March 5, 2002 in Pittsburgh.

11/25 10:21:34 ET


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