NHL Hockey

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Pittsburgh 0 1 1 0 1 3
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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00 BRT, November 9, 2019
PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 18,653

Blackhawks look for momentum as they visit Penguins

Chicago Blackhawks at Pittsburgh Penguins

  1. The Blackhawks have won 10 straight against the Penguins, their fourth-longest winning streak against a single opponent in franchise history. The Penguins look to avoid losing 11 straight to one opponent for the first time since losing 12 straight to the Lightning from November 2003 to February 2007.
  2. Chicago beat Vancouver, 5-2, on Thursday, scoring multiple power-play goals for the first time this season. The Blackhawks have gone 4-for-15 (26.7 percent) with the man advantage in four games this month after going 3-for-33 (9.1 percent) in 11 October games.
  3. Pittsburgh beat the Islanders, 4-3 and has taken points in four of its last five games (3-1-1) after losing each of the previous three. However, the Pens went 0-for-2 with the man advantage, their 10th straight game without a power-play goal, the club's longest drought in the last 30 seasons.
  4. Patrick Kane scored a goal and added two assists in Thursday's win, his fourth straight game with a point after recording just one point in his previous five games. The Blackhawks are 3-0-1 this season when Kane records four or more shots on goal, compared to 2-7-2 when he's held to three shots or fewer.
  5. Bryan Rust scored twice against the Islanders, including the overtime winner, and has a point in all five games he's played this season after missing the first 11 team games with a hand injury. Rust has never recorded a point in six straight games.
  6. The Penguins have outshot their opponents by an average of 5.6 shots per game this season, third highest in the NHL (Flyers, +7.0; Kings, +6.3). The Blackhawks have been outshot by an average of 5.3 shots per game this season, second lowest in the NHL (Rangers, -7.0).

The Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins are coming off feel-good wins heading into their game Saturday at PPG Paints Arena.

Chicago, after a 1-2-1 road trip that included a West Coast swing and a public tongue-lashing from captain Jonathan Toews, came home for a game Thursday and made the most of it.

The Blackhawks breezed to a 5-2 win over Vancouver.

"We just needed to get some energy, got to have some fun," Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. "These guys -- all players -- play better when they're happy and they have some joy in their game."

The Blackhawks head right back on the road for a one-game stop in Pittsburgh. One of the things they want to do is launch more pucks at the net. They had 21 shots Tuesday in a 4-2 loss at San Jose, then had 35 shots against the Canucks.

"I think we need to do a better job of getting pucks on net and getting guys to the net and score some dirty ones," Alex DeBrincat, who scored against Vancouver, told the Blackhawks website. "They're not always going to be pretty, so we need to do a better job of that."

With back-to-back games Saturday at Pittsburgh and Sunday at home against Toronto, it's not clear which goaltender will start against the Penguins. Corey Crawford, who has struggled, picked up just his second win in the Vancouver game.

"(I'm) really happy for him and, hopefully, he can go on a bit of a run here with multiple solid performances," Colliton said.

Dylan Strome, who had three assists against the Canucks, said the Blackhawks are confident in Crawford and Robin Lehner but expect more of the team as whole in the quest to get over .500.

"Going into Pittsburgh, it's a tough building to play in ... but we've got to find a way to get two points," Strome told the Blackhawks website. "We've got to start stringing some (wins) together."

Pittsburgh is coming home after splitting games at Boston, a 6-4 loss, and the New York Islanders, a 4-3 overtime win Thursday.

In both games, the Penguins erased a three-goal deficit.

"So far we've done a pretty good job of battling back," said Bryan Rust, who scored the Penguins' tying and winning goals against the Islanders. "There is that belief in here."

At Boston, Pittsburgh took the lead with a four-goal second period before eventually losing. Against the Islanders, Pittsburgh had three goals in the third period in beating the team that swept them in the first round of the playoffs last spring.

"We understand a game is 60 minutes. We're professionals in here," said Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, who scored against the Islanders. "You need to fight every shift."

Pittsburgh has had a handful of losses where coaches and players were generally happy with the way the team played, but a theme around the club has been that those efforts need to start translating to points in the standings.

That happened Thursday without a lot of angst along the way.

"No one ever gets rattled," Penguins center Nick Bjugstad told the Athletic. "No one needs (to be) yelled at."

One stark area that stands out is the Pittsburgh power play, which is 0 for 23 over the past 10 games.

The Penguins most likely will be without top defenseman and power-play quarterback Kris Letang, who has a lower-body injury, for the second straight game.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 8, 2019

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