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Saturday, October 19th (All times Eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (5-3-0) at Pittsburgh Penguins (6-1-0), 1 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins will take aim at their first four-game winning streak of the season when they host the Vancouver Canucks for Saturday's matinee at CONSOL Energy Center.

The Penguins currently are on their second three-game winning streak of the season. The club opened 2013-14 with three straight victories before losing to Florida on Oct. 11, but has rebounded from that lone setback with wins over Tampa Bay, Edmonton and Philadelphia.

Pittsburgh has outscored the opposition by a 12-7 margin during its active win streak and Dan Bylsma's team is coming off Thursday's 4-1 decision in Philadelphia.

The Pens received a goal and an assist from Evgeni Malkin in the win over the hated Flyers. Even playing without top defenseman Kris Letang (knee) and key forward James Neal (lower-body), four different players lit the lamp for Pittsburgh, including Sidney Crosby, who increased his season-commencing point streak to seven games.

Chris Kunitz and Jussi Jokinen also tallied for the Penguins, the Metropolitan Division leaders with 12 points on the season.

"The start of the season is always an adjustment. You really just focus on your work ethic and making sure you're committed to doing what you need to do every night," Crosby said. "Sometimes, it doesn't work out that way, especially early on, but we found a way to win games for different reasons. It's nice to get rewarded early on, and to build some confidence and momentum."

Pascal Dupuis added a pair of assists to back a 24-save effort from Marc-Andre Fleury.

This afternoon's game kicks off a three-game homestand for the Pens, who are off to their best home start in nearly 20 years. Pittsburgh is 4-0 as the host this season, three wins shy of the club's 7-0 start at Civic Arena to begin the 1994-95 campaign.

Pittsburgh also will welcome Colorado and the New York Islanders during this residency.

The Canucks enter Saturday's test coming off back-to-back wins and head coach John Tortorella's club has posted a 2-0 start to a season-high seven-game road trip. All told, Vancouver has won three in a row as the guest and its lone road loss this season came on Oct. 3 at San Jose.

After rallying to win a 3-2 regulation decision at Philadelphia on Tuesday, the Canucks dominated the Buffalo Sabres in a 3-0 triumph on Thursday. Roberto Luongo stopped all 25 shots he faced to earn his first shutout of the season, and Vancouver scored one goal in all three periods to subdue the Sabres.

The Canucks dominated the game from the opening drop, outshooting Buffalo 19-7 in the first period. Chris Higgins scored the first goal, Brad Richardson lit the lamp in the second and Ryan Stanton tallied the final goal midway through the third.

"It was a great start by us," Luongo said. "We came out flying."

Luongo has started seven of Vancouver's eight games this season, but he could get a rest in one of his team's two contests this weekend. The Canucks will play again Sunday at Columbus, meaning Eddie Lack could get the call in one of the games. Luongo is 13-8-2 with a tie and a 2.78 goals against average in 25 career games against the Penguins. Lack, meanwhile, made his NHL debut in his one start earlier this season, posting a win in a 5-4 decision at Calgary on Oct. 6.

The Canucks will get defenseman Alexander Edler back from a three-game suspension on Saturday. Edler, who received the ban for an illegal check on San Jose's Thomas Hertl on Oct. 10, has one goal and two assists in five games this season and is leading Vancouver with an average ice time of 24 minutes, 56 seconds.

Fleury expects to start on Saturday for Pittsburgh and is 2-2-0 with a 2.95 GAA in four career outings against the Canucks.

Pittsburgh has won two straight and three of the last five meetings with the Canucks, but Vancouver has claimed seven of the past 10 matchups in the series. The Canucks had won four straight in the Steel City before losing on Nov. 17, 2010 in their only other game at CONSOL Energy Center.

10/19 10:31:41 ET

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Boston 4/24 8:00 PM ET
Detroit NBCSN, TSN, NESN, FSN-DET
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. Boston leads series, 2-1.
Colorado 4/24 9:30 PM ET
Minnesota CNBC, TSN2, Alt, FSN-N,WI
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. Colorado leads series, 2-1.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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