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    Wednesday Night Rivalry: Penguins @ Blackhawks











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    Penguins aim to rebound against red-hot 'Hawks
    Pittsburgh lost, 3-2, in Dallas last night, snapping its two-game win streak, and dropping to 1-1-2 in its last four road tilts overall. The Pens are just 11-15-3 when allowing three or more goals this season (27-0-5 in all other games).
    Chicago doubled up St. Louis, 4-2, at United Center on Sunday night, winning its fourth straight game, and finishing up the month of February with a record of 9-1-0 (.900) -- best in hockey. The Blackhawks are currently riding their fifth 4+ game win streak of the season.
    Tonight marks the first of two meetings in 2016-17 for the last two Stanley Cup champions. Chicago has defeated Pittsburgh four straight times overall, and is 5-0-1 against the Pens at United Center since the lockout.
    Evgeni Malkin lit the lamp last night, and now has six goals and five helpers during his current nine-game road point streak. Malkin has seven points (3g, 4a) in eight career skates against the Blackhawks.
    Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist Sunday night, earning first-star honors for the second straight game, and giving him five points (4g, 2a) in his last two skates overall. Pittsburgh is the only NHL opponent that Kane has never scored a goal against (nine career games).
    Chicago potted four or more goals in each of its nine wins last month, and has scored 4+ times in 14 of its last 22 contests overall -- tied for second most of any team in the league since January 1. Pittsburgh has scored four or more goals 30 time total this season (most of any NHL club).
    Panthers add Vanek to bolster offense
    Kings acquire Iginla for playoff push
    Bruins' Miller won't be banned for hit
    Flyers re-sign G Neuvirth, F Bellemare
    Busy Canadiens acquire F King from LA
    Golden Knights cleared to make deals
    Penguins keep Fleury, strengthen defense
    Lowly Coyotes hang onto Doan, Vrbata
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    Preds add veteran Parenteau from Devils
    CHICAGO -- The Pittsburgh Penguins coughed up a late lead Tuesday night, which likely won't put them in the best of moods heading into a Wednesday test against the NHL's hottest team.

    The Penguins squandered a two-goal advantage in a 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars and now must follow that up with a trip to Chicago to face the blazing Blackhawks, who have won nine of their last 10 games.

    Pittsburgh hasn't put up great numbers on the road and fell to 13-11-5 away from home. But it's most likely how the Penguins lost that will likely stick with them as they prepare for back-to-back games against Chicago.

    "We're playing a really good team (Wednesday night), so it's going to be a challenge," defenseman Justin Schultz said Tuesday night. "It's good to get back at it."

    Schultz said Tuesday's loss -- in which the Penguins surrendered three third-period goals will serve as a lesson learned moving forward.

    "We just got outplayed," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "We got to hang onto pucks, we got to play behind them. I don't think we managed the puck very well. I don't think we won enough puck battles and as a result, we let them come at us."

    The Penguins can't afford to dwell too long on Tuesday's result. Pittsburgh will face a Blackhawks team that has won four straight games and that has gotten plenty of production of late from Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

    Yet, as well as the Blackhawks have played of late, they are dealing with some health issues. Goalie Corey Crawford will miss his second straight game due to illness. Scott Darling, who was stellar in net in Chicago's 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night, will make the start.

    The Blackhawks will also play without defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, who is continuing to deal with an upper-body injury. Chicago shored up its defense a bit on Tuesday when they welcomed Johnny Oduya back into the fold after acquiring the former Blackhawk in a trade with Dallas.

    Oduya returns to Chicago after being part of the Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship teams in 2013 and 2015. But even after bringing back a familiar face to spark the defense moving forward, the Blackhawks know they can't afford to take their health issues lightly.

    While the Blackhawks have been hit by more of a flu bug -- both with Crawford and right wing Jordin Tootoo -- a case of the mumps that has hit teams across the league is causing concern.

    "You hear that word and you might get a little scared, but at the same time, we've had guys sick in here (with other ailments as well)," Kane told reporters Tuesday, according to CSN Chicago. "Throughout the whole year, you want to try to take care of yourself and keep yourself fresh. It's easier said than done."

    Crawford practiced on Tuesday and coach Joel Quenneville said Crawford could have played Wednesday against Pittsburgh, but that he didn't want to take any chances. The Blackhawks will face the New York Islanders Friday and Quenneville isn't willing to take any chances with Crawford against Pittsburgh.

    "We want him more than ready," Quenneville told reporters Tuesday. "He can play (Wednesday), but giving him another day or so to get his full energy back is what we're looking for."
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    The Lost Boys of PSD

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    Darling in net again.

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    Letang out for 3rd straight game.

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    Need a goal in this pp

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    Ooooor not

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    Blams you think the Hawks will consider Darling as a long term option in net?

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    Quote Originally Posted by statquo View Post
    Blams you think the Hawks will consider Darling as a long term option in net?
    I think it's inevitable. Younger, good, and will be cheaper assuming he isn't the one in net if the Hawks get their 4th cup. Crow could get something solid in return as well.

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    Aren't you guys afraid to lose him in the expansion draft?

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    Great shot from Patrick Kane

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    Shoulda passed the biscuit to Kane

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    Blah, it's gonna be tied going into the 3rd

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    Bad giveaway by Rosival.

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    Quote Originally Posted by statquo View Post
    Aren't you guys afraid to lose him in the expansion draft?
    Maybe they'll find a way around it just as they did with the Tootoo and Rozsival signings.

    My guess is a Crow trade could be closer than anticipated ...

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    Who do you think the Hawks protect or leave unprotected? Kruger?

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