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Phoenix (1-0-0) @ Pittsburgh (2-0-0)
Where: Mellon Arena — 7:38 p.m.
Analysis: Pittsburgh begins a stretch of three games in four days with Thursday nights showdown with the 3-0 Philadelphia Flyers looming. Off to a 2-0 start, Pittsburgh will play four of their next five games on the road.
PIT Leaders:
*Sidney Crosby (2 goals – 1 assist – 3 points)
*G Marc Andre Fleury (2-0-0, 2.40 GAA, .909 sv%)
*Kris Letang, Tyler Kennedy, Sidney Crosby are tied for the team lead with a plus/minus of +2
Morning Skate Update
The Penguins went through a 50 minute skate this morning that included some power play time.

Tonight’s lineup is up in the air for now.Martin Skoula and Chris Bourque were the extra skaters but Bylsma did say Bourque will be a game time decision though.
Bourque took a few shifts with Evgeni Malkin in practice on Tuesday but today he was the extra forward on the 4th line.
Updated: 12:23 p.m.
The one change will be at goal as Dan Bylsma announced just minutes ago that Brent Johnson will start in goal.
Tonight’s Lineup
Kunitz – Crosby – Guerin
Fedotenko – Malkin – Dupuis
Cooke – Staal – Kennedy
Rupp – Adams – Bourque/Godard
Orpik – Gonchar
Eaton – Letang
McKee – Goligoski
*Goaltender Brent Johnson will start in goal
*Chris Bourque will be a game time decision. With Paul Bissonnette expected to be out of the lineup, it is likely that Bourque will play and Eric Godard will sit.
What to watch for: Penguins looking ahead?
Getting points in October and November is just as important as getting points in February and March. A lot of the buzz in the locker room this morning is about tomorrow’s showdown in Philadelphia not tonight’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

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