Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Nashville Predators GameDay, Odds, TV/Radio, And Preview


The Pittsburgh Penguins (28-13-8 , 64 points) begin February at home today as they host the leaders of the National Hockey League’s Central Division, the Nashville Predators at CONSOL Energy Center.

The Pens are coming off a 2-1 overtime victory Friday against the Devils in New Jersey, and are now just one point behind the Metropolitan Division leaders, the New York Islanders (32-16-1, 65 points). The Isles lost 4-1 Saturday to the Red Wings in Detroit. They return to the ice at Nasseau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Tuesday, Feb. 3 when they host the Florida Panthers.

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The last game for Peter Laviolette’s squad was a 3-0 loss Friday to the Avalanche in Colorado. The Preds come to town with a record of 31-11-6, 68 points and are two points ahead of the St. Louis Blues in the Central. Nashville is 12-9-5 on the road this season, and are 6-2-2 in their last 10 contests.

This afternoon is the second and final matchup between the two teams. The Black and Gold won the first meeting 3-0 Saturday, Oct. 25 against the Predators in Nashville. Pittsburgh is 17-7-3 at home this season, and are 4-3-3 over their last 10 games.

When: Sunday, Feb. 1

Puck Drop: 2:05 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 220, XM Internet 942

Odds: According to Bovada Online Sportsbook, oddsmakers currently have the moneyline on the two teams listed as Pittsburgh -170 / Nashville +140 with the Over/Under at 5.5.

Preds left wing James Neal is second on the team with 16 goals, just one behind rookie center Filip Forsberg. The 6-foot-2, 208-pound former Penguin is sixth in points with 28.

Nashville center Mike Riberio, who had 10 goals and 43 points, is on the verge of a personal milestone as he is sitting at 699 career points.

It will be interesting to see who Laviolette starts in goal this afternoon. Carter Hutton is 2-1-2 with a 3.40 goals-against-average since taking over for Pekka Rinne, who went down with a knee injury. Marek Mazanec had 25 saves in his first start for the Preds in the shutout loss against Colorado.

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  • The good news for Pittsburgh fans was Evgeni Malkin, who has been out the last four games with a lower-body injury, joined his teammates Saturday afternoon at Southpointe for practice. He centered a line of Nick Spaling and Patric Hornqvist. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound forward will be with the team on their upcoming western Canadian road trip and could see action as early as Wednesday in Edmonton or Friday in Calgary.

    The Penguins recalled Derrick Pouliot, 21, Saturday from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. The 6-foot, 208-pound defenseman has played in eight contests with the Pens this season, contributing one goal and two assists for three points. This past Monday, the Estevan, Saskatchewan native picked up an assist representing the Eastern Conference at the AHL All-Star Classic.

    Pittsburgh also re-assigned Andrew Ebbett Saturday to WBS. The 5-foot-9, 174-pound center has appeared in 21 games for the Black and Gold and has put up one goal and five assists for six points.

    Up Next: The Black and Gold head west on Wednesday, Feb. 4 when they take on the Oilers (13-28-9, 35 points) in Edmonton at Rexall Place. They will drop the puck at 8 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.

    From The Clipboard: Christian Ehrhoff, who was not at practice on Saturday, has experienced concussion-like symptoms since striking his head on the ice in Wednesday’s game against the Capitals. The doctors are conducting more tests to determine the final diagnosis…The Pens have 145 goals in 49 games with 21 scores coming on the power play…Coming into today’s contest, Pittsburgh is fourth in the NHL with a 86.6 penalty kill percentage.

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