Pre-Game: Penguins and Stars Notes & Lineup Buzz

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Pittsburgh Penguins (36-13-2, 74 pts) @ Dallas Stars (23-20-8, 54 pts)
BY THE NUMBERS
— The Stars have won two straight, outscoring their opponents 11-1. Dallas is seven points out of the playoffs for the final wildcard spot.
— The Penguins enter tonight’s action with the NHL’s best penalty kill unit (88.4%). The Stars have scored a power play goal in six straight games
— Penguins are 7-0-1 vs the Pacific Division this season and 10-2-1 vs the Western Conference
— Penguins are 7-1 in their last 8 games vs the Stars.
— Matt Niskanen enters tonight’s game on a six game points streak and has 13 points in his last 11 games
— Marc Andre Fleury is 6-0 with a 1.95 GAA and .926 save percentage in his career vs Dallas
— Sidney Crosby has not faced the Dallas Stars since 2010. Crosby has 4 goals in four career games vs Stars
— Chris Kunitz has 7 goals, 14 points and a plus-12 rating in 13 games vs Western Conference teams
— Sergei Gonchar in the first year of a two year, $10 million contract, has just 1 goal and 16 points, and a minus-6 rating in 45 games for Dallas. Gonchar will play a third pairing role tonight. Gonchar has 26 points (8 goals) and plus-12 rating in 43 career games vs Pittsburgh.
— Kari Lehtonen is 7-4-3 in his career vs Penguins
— Tyler Seguin leads the Stars with 47 points. Seguin’s career numbers vs Pittsburgh: 11 GP – 4 Goals – 3 Assists – 7 Points
LINEUP NOTES: EBBETT IN, ENGELLAND OUT

PENGUINS PROJECTED LINEUP
Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Chuck Kobasew
Jussi Jokinen – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Taylor Pyatt – Brandon Sutter – Jayson Megna
Tanner Glass – Andrew Ebbett – Craig Adams
DEFENSEMEN
Brooks Orpik – Paul Martin
Rob Scuderi – Kris Letang
Olli Maatta – Matt Niskanen
GOALTENDER
Marc-Andre Fleury
STARS PROJECTED LINEUP
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Ryan Garbutt
Erik Cole – Vern Fiddler – Ray Whitney
Rich Peverley – Shawn Horcoff – Alex Chiasson
DEFENSEMEN
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Brenden Dillon – Jordie Benn
Aaron Rome – Sergei Gonchar
GOALTENDER
Kari Lehtonen

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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