Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Winnipeg Jets GameDay, Odds, TV/Radio, And Preview


The Pittsburgh Penguins (26-12-8 , 60 points) come out of the All-Star Game break hosting the Winnipeg Jets tonight at CONSOL Energy Center.

Coming into this evening’s matchup, Pittsburgh remains in fifth place overall in the National Hockey League’s Eastern Conference standings. Just four points divide the Tampa Bay Lightning (30-14-4, 64 points), the New York Islanders (31-14-1, 63 points), the Detroit Red Wings (27-11-9, 63 points), the Montreal Canadiens (29-13-3, 61 points) and the Pens for the top spot of the East.

The Penguins are still in second place in the Metropolitan Division, and are three points behind the New York Islanders. The Isles defeated the Flyers 7-4 on Monday, Jan. 19 before the All-Star Game break, and are back in action tonight as they host the New York Rangers at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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Before All-Star Weekend, Paul Maurice’s squad shut out the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at home. The Jets own a record of 26-14-8, 60 points and are in fourth place in the Central Division of the NHL’s Western Conference. They are five points of first-place Nashville. Winnipeg is 14-5-5 on the road this season, and are 7-2-1 in their last 10 contests.

Tonight is the second of two matchups between these squads this season. Pittsburgh won the first meeting 4-3 in a shootout Thursday, Nov. 6 at the MTS Centre. The Black and Gold are 16-7-3 at home this season, and are 4-3-3 over their last 10 games. They have won five in a row against the Jets.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 27

Puck Drop: 7:05 p.m., ET

Site: CONSOL Energy Center

Television: ROOT Sports Network

Announcers: Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey

Radio Coverage: 105.9 FM – The X and the Penguins Radio Network

Announcers: Mike Lange and Phil Bourque

Live Video Steam: NHL GameCenter LIVE

Audio Stream: Penguins Radio 24/7

Sirius XM Satellite Radio: XM Channel 219, XM Internet 942

Odds: Penguins -1.5 According to Bovada Online Sportsbook with the Over/Under at 5.

Winnipeg All-Star defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has contributed nine points in his last seven games, and is on pace for his second straight 20-goal season. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound member of the blue line crew has 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points in 48 contests.

Left wing Andrew Ladd leads the Jets in points with 40, Center Bryan Little is the scoring leader with 18 goals, and right wing Blake Wheeler, along with Ladd, are tied for the lead in assists with 23 each.

Another contributor to Winnipeg’s surge in the standings this season has been the play of rookie goaltender Michael Huchinson. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound netminder from Barrie, Ontario has put up a 14-4-2 record with a 1.90 goals-against-average and a .935 save percentage.

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  • The Pens’ Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will not play against this evening against Winnipeg. Both centers were injured before the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, and did not participate in the event. The team placed Malkin on injured reserve Monday.

    Pittsburgh recalled forwards Andrew Ebbett, Bryan Rust and Scott Wilson and defenseman Scott Harrington on Monday from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.

    Coach Mike Johnston told Sam Kasan on the team’s web site that Thomas Greiss is going to start in goal tonight. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound netminder has posted a 2.56 GAA and a .920 save percentage this season.

    Johnston also said that defenseman Kris Letang, right wing Patric Hornqvist, and left wing David Perron are game-time decisions on playing against Winnipeg.

    Up Next: The Black and Gold hit the road on Wednesday, Jan. 28 when they take on the Washington Capitals (24-13-9, 57 points) at the Verizon Center. They will drop the puck at 8 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.

    From The Clipboard: Rob Scuderi is playing in his 400th career game this evening with the Penguins…Simon Despres is the team leader in hits with 135 at the All-Star break…Tonight is Pittsburgh’s ninth set of back-to-back games. They have put together a record of 6-4-6, and are 3-2-3 the first night and 3-2-3 in the second contest.

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