Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Vancouver Canucks GameDay, Odds, TV/Radio, And Preview


Coming off back to back shutouts against Edmonton and Calgary this week, the Pittsburgh Penguins (30-14-8, 68 points) take their talents to British Columbia tonight as they skate against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

The Pens moved into first place by a point in the Metropolitan Division with their 4-0 Friday victory over Calgary. The New York Islanders (33-17-1, 67 points) won a 3-2 shootout Thursday against the Flyers in Philadelphia. The Isles remain on the road this evening when they drop the puck against the Bruins in Boston.

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Marc-Andre Fleury turned away all 21 shots in Friday’s victory over the Flames. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound netminder owns the franchise record for most shutouts in a season, surpassing Tom Barrasso’s mark of seven during the 1997-1998 campaign.

Pittsburgh is 13-6-5 on the road and 4-4-2 in their last 10 contests. The Penguins enter tonight’s matchup 11-3-1 against teams from the Western Conference this season, and in particular 5-1-0 against the Pacific Division.

Willie Desjardins’ crew seek to rebound from a 5-1 loss Thursday against the San Jose Sharks. The Canucks have assembled a record of 28-19-3, 59 points. and are in fourth place in the Pacific Division of the NHL’s Western Conference. They are 13-11-1 at home this season, and are 5-5-0 in their last 10 contests.

This evening is the second and final meeting this season. The Blue, Green, and White captured the first matchup Thursday, Dec. 4 by shutting out the Penguins 3-0 in Pittsburgh. The Pens have claimed three of the last four contests in Vancouver.

When: Saturday, Feb. 7

Puck Drop: 10 p.m., ET

Site: Rogers Arena

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 Internet 942

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

Canucks’ center Nick Bonino leads the team with five game-winning goals. Daniel and Henrik Sedin are tied for the lead in points with 42 each. Right wing Radim Vrbata takes charge on special teams as he has contributed eight power play goals in 47 games.

Daniel Fung on the Canucks’ web site is reporting that goaltender Ryan Miller is expected to start between the pipes. The 6-foot-2, 168-pound netminder has put up a 24-13-1 record this season with a 2.41 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage. He has a 3.28 career GAA against the Penguins.

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  • Pittsburgh’s first line of Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby, and David Perron have accounted for four of the team’s six goals on this road trip. Perron has three goals and five assists in his last eight contests at Vancouver.

    Tonight’s starting goaltender Thomas Greiss has two victories in three starts against Western Conference squads this season. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound netminder has a 2.33 GAA and .920 save percentage against the West.

    Up Next: The Black and Gold are back at CONSOL Energy Center Wednesday, Feb. 11 when they take on the Detroit Red Wings (30-12-9, 69 points). They will drop the puck at 8 p.m., and the contest will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.

    From The Clipboard: Kris Letang’s 11 multi-point games ties him with the Washington Capitals’ Mike Green for the most among NHL defensemen…Left wing David Perron has recorded seven goals in his last 11 contests…The Pens are 10-0-1 when center Brandon Sutter scores this season.

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