NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, November 1st
(All times eastern)
Pittsburgh Penguins (6-4-1) at Colorado Avalanche (7-4-0), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche will try to maintain their balanced
scoring attack, as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at the Pepsi
The Avalanche have six players with four or more goals on the season, though
it was a better mix of solid veterans that paced the club in its last win.
Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist, while Joe Sakic posted a pair of helpers
to lead Colorado over Minnesota, 3-1, on Sunday. Both Smyth and Sakic are tied
with Paul Stastny and Marek Svatos for the team lead in goals with five.
The victory improved Colorado to 5-0 as the host club this season, and came in
the opener of a five-game homestand. The club has won three in a row overall.
Wojtek Wolski and Svatos also scored for Colorado and Peter Budaj made 21
saves. Wolski extended his point streak to a career-high seven games (3 goals,
5 assists), while Sakic now has a five-game point streak (1g, 7a).
The Penguins have a couple of top shelf players of their own in Sidney Crosby
and Evgeni Malkin. Both were a major factor in Tuesday's 4-2 victory over
Minnesota, as Malkin had two goals and an assist, while Crosby lit the lamp
once and had three helpers.
Crosby's third helper set up the game-winning goal, as he fed Petr Sykora on
the power play, and his goal sealed the win.
Dany Sabourin stopped 27 shots for the victory, Pittsburgh's fourth in six
For Crosby, the reigning MVP now has a 10-game point streak, amassing five
goals and 12 assists in that span.
However, Malkin, last year's top rookie, is keeping pace with his teammate, as
he now has 101 career points in just 89 career NHL games. According to the
Elias Sports Bureau, the Russian is the third fastest active player to reach
the 100-point mark, just behind Washington's Alex Ovechkin (77 games) and
Tuesday's win began a four-game road trip, and the Penguins are 3-1 as the
visiting team this year. The club also has stops in New York to face the
Islanders and to Newark to battle the Devils.
The Pens and Avs haven't played since a December 10, 2005 test in Pittsburgh
and are meeting in Denver tonight for the first time since January 24, 2004.
Colorado is 8-1-1 (1 loss, 1 tie) in the last 10 encounters with the Penguins
and has defeated Pittsburgh in the last three encounters at the Pepsi Center.
11/01 10:46:03 ET