NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
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,
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
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
Tonight's game ends a three-game homestand for Florida, which is 4-4-1 at Bank
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
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