banner

NHL

more stats

NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Saturday, November 2nd (All times Eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (10-4-0) at Columbus Blue Jackets (5-7-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins look to match their longest winning streak of the season on Saturday night when they complete a home-and- home series with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Penguins head to Ohio after winning last night's meeting in Pittsburgh 4-2. Four different Pens skaters scored goals to back Marc-Andre Fleury's solid effort.

Fleury made 37 saves and didn't yield his first goal until 10:04 left in the second period and his club already up 4-0.

"I thought Fleury was, without question, the best player on the ice tonight," said Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma. "He made some very strong saves in that first period and he was the difference in the game."

Jayson Megna, Kris Letang, Brandon Sutter and Chris Kunitz all scored for the Penguins, who have won three straight after dropping three in a row. They had won a season-high four consecutive games from Oct. 12-19 before that skid.

Evgeni Malkin had two assists for Pittsburgh and Sidney Crosby had one, his league-leading 22nd point of the season.

Derek MacKenzie and Ryan Johansen scored for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped their past two games.

"I thought we did a lot of good things and that's why it's so frustrating," said Johansen. "We're doing these good things against good teams and just not finding a way to win."

Sergei Bobrovsky struggled in the start, giving up three goals on 13 shots before being pulled early in the second period for Curtis McElhinney, who gave up a goal on 14 shots the rest of the way.

The Penguins have now won four of their last five versus the Blue Jackets and 10 of the 15 all-time meetings. They have won four of seven in Columbus.

Pittsburgh kicks off a three-game road trip tonight after playing nine of its first 14 at home, while the Blue Jackets' next four games are on home ice.

Fleury improved to 4-1-1 with a 2.52 goals against average versus the Blue Jackets and could give way tonight to backup Jeff Zatkoff. The rookie, though, has allowed 10 goals on 55 shots in losing his first two career starts.

Bobrovsky fell to 5-4-1 with a 3.05 GAA in his career versus the Penguins, while McElhinney was facing them for the first time.

11/02 10:49:47 ET

Other Stories

Hurricanes

Canes fall to Montreal in J. Staal's return, 3-1
Oilers win NHL draft lottery, Canes to pick fifth

The Edmonton Oilers won the NHL draft lottery and the right to select Erie Otters star center Connor McDavid with the top pick.

Related Stories
  • NASCAR: Ford City 500 at Bristol

    Today at 1:00 pm on FOX50

  • PGA: RBC Heritage

    Today at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MLB: Cincinnati at St. Louis

    Tonight at 8:00 on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 3
DUR 5
 
1:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
Final
WAS 3
PHI 5
Final
TOR 6
ATL 5
Final
DET 3
CWS 12
Final
MIN 2
CLE 4
Final
STL 5
CIN 2
Final
CHC 7
SDP 6
Final
BOS 1
BAL 4
Final
PIT 6
MIL 2
Final
HOU 4
ANA 0
Final
NYM 5
MIA 4
Final
TAM 0
NYY 9
Final
KAN 0
OAK 5
Final
SFG 4
ARI 1
Final
LOS 6
COL 3
Final
SEA 3
TEX 1
1:07pm Today
TOR
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CWS
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
MIA
 
1:10pm Today
TAM
NYY
 
1:35pm Today
BOS
BAL
 
1:35pm Today
PIT
MIL
 
1:35pm Today
WAS
PHI
 
2:10pm Today
MIN
CLE
 
2:10pm Today
HOU
ANA
 
2:10pm Today
KAN
OAK
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
SDP
 
4:05pm Today
SFG
ARI
 
4:10pm Today
LOS
COL
 
4:10pm Today
SEA
TEX
 
8:05pm Tonight
STL
CIN
 
Final
TOR 86
WAS 93
Final
GSW 106
NOP 99
Final
CHI 103
MIL 91
Final
HOU 118
DAL 108
3:00pm Today
CLE
BOS
 
5:30pm Tonight
ATL
BRK
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
POR
 
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
SAN
 
Final
TAM 5
DET 1
Final
STL 4
MIN 1
Final
NYR 3
PIT 4
Final
ANA 2
WIN 1
12:00pm Today
NYI
WAS
 
3:00pm Today
CHI
NAS
 
7:00pm Tonight
OTT
MON
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
VAN
 
Final
NOR 3
DUR 5
 
1:05pm Today
NOR
DUR