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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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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
Final
NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
Final
PIT 2
CAR 4
 
Final
CHA 101
GSW 106
 
2nd
UF 45
UNC 58
 
2nd
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
Final
BOS 102
CHI 109
Final
CHA 101
GSW 106
 
4th
TOR 71
DAL 79
 
Final
DET 88
MIL 104
 
4th
ATL 98
NOP 89
 
3rd
HOU 61
LAC 77
 
3rd
OKC 75
NYK 43
 
3rd
IND 66
ORL 55
 
Half
SAN 61
SAC 51
 
2nd
DEN 42
PHO 27
 
10:00pm Tonight
POR
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
MIN
Final
WMICH 21
NILL 31
Final
SMU 9
HOU 35
Final
IOWA 34
NEB 37
Final
SFLA 0
UCF 16
Final
MARS 66
WKENT 67
Final
KSU 27
AKR 24
Final
BGU 24
BST 41
Final
UMASS 21
BUF 41
Final
EMICH 16
TOL 52
Final
MIZZ 21
ARK 14
Final
SALABAMA 40
NAVY 42
Final
ARZ 42
ARST 35
Final
AFA 27
COLST 24
Final
UCLA 10
STAN 31
2nd
VT 10
UVA 13
 
2nd
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
Final
KU 82
TENN 67
Final
TEXAM 87
NO 65
 
Final
NCAT 57
RAD 65
 
Final
GEOR 58
BUT 64
Final
BRO 81
PVU 71
Final
RIU 66
SCU 44
Final
NARZ 70
SOUTH 63
Final
DART 68
MAST 67
Final
WRST 59
FIU 61
Final
XAV 73
UTEP 77
Final
OSU 73
JMU 56
Final
TXSOU 71
LAM 59
 
Final
TAMCC 75
MVSU 66
 
Final
AKAN 51
MIZST 55
Final
BUCK 80
PSU 88
 
Final
PROV 72
YALE 66
Final
UGA 62
MINN 66
Final
WISC 69
OKLA 56
Final
Terriers 70
NORST 72
 
Final
PEAY 62
STEPH 83
Final
FSU 58
CSOU 47
 
Final
VALPO 66
DRAK 46
Final
CIN 69
MTST 51
Final
SDU 75
PRIN 65
Final
WASU 76
RICE 74
Final
CSFU 64
USCU 79
Final
GT 61
RIDE 54
 
Final
TXPA 79
ALAST 91
 
Final
NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
Final
TCU 57
BRAD 49
 
Final
WAKE 65
DELST 72
 
Final
HART 83
EMERSON 50
 
Final
STJ 66
GONZ 73
 
Final
CLEM 62
HIGH 59
 
Final
SYR 72
HC 48
 
Final
MD 61
MON 56
 
Final
JVST 74
SAV 71
 
Final
MIAMI 87
SALA 75
 
Final
RUTG 68
VANDY 65
 
2nd
PETE 63
TENST 58
 
2nd
MARS 54
CLST 57
 
2nd
JST 45
HOF 78
 
2nd
INDST 42
MEM 54
 
2nd
UF 45
UNC 58
 
2nd
LATU 62
SAMF 43
 
2nd
TULA 67
SELA 55
 
2nd
NEB 70
TENNM 60
 
2nd
MISS 41
CREI 44
 
2nd
PORT 39
MURST 42
 
1st
MARQ 22
MSU 28
 
1st
ARK 31
UNT 34
 
1st
NCOL 37
STET 22
 
1st
IND 40
UNCG 27
 
Half
SJST 21
WMICH 36
 
1st
MNTST 40
TXARL 30
 
1st
UVA 6
LAS 0
 
1st
STLU 0
MSST 6
 
1st
COLST 7
PAC 1
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
NDAK
10:30pm Tonight
ILL
BAY
10:30pm Tonight
UAB
UCLA
11:30pm Tonight
WASH
LBSU
11:59pm Tonight
UCSB
MERC
Final
PHI 0
NYR 3
Final
ANA 1
CHI 4
Final
WAS 5
NYI 2
Final
PIT 2
CAR 4
 
1st OT
NJD 4
DET 4
 
2nd Intermission
BUF 2
MON 1
 
Final
CLB 0
VAN 5
 
Final
BOS 2
WIN 1
 
3rd
FLA 2
OTT 2
 
2nd Intermission
STL 1
EDM 2
 
2nd
DAL 0
MIN 2