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Game 18: Pittsburgh Penguins (11-4-2-24) vs Minnesota Wild (10-4-1-21)

Penguins Projected Lineup
Fedotenko – Malkin – Sykora
Talbot – Crosby – Satan
Cooke – Staal – Kennedy
Dupuis – Zigomanis – Godard
D- Pairs
Orpik – Letang
Gill – Scuderi
Goligoski – Boucher
Dany Sabourin will start in goal
The Penguins are coming off of a 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night to extend their winning streak to 6 games.

Addition by subtraction
The Minnesota Wild went 44-28-10 for 98 points last season and despite losing forwards Brian Rolston, (31G-28A-59Pts) and Pavol Demitra, (15G-39A-54Pts) to free agency, the Wild remain in the hunt for another division title. The Wild have also continued their strong play this season without star winger Marian Gaborik (42G – 41A-83Pts) who has played in only two games this season.
Newcomers
RW Antti Miettinen ( 6 goals – 6 assists – 12pts)
Signed as a free agent
LW Andrew Brunette (6 goals – 5 assists – 11 points)
Signed as a free agent
D Marek Zidlicky (2 goals – 5 assists – 7 points)
Acquired through trade from the Nashville Predators. Recorded 53 points in 82 games last season.
Boucher makes Penguins debut
Defenseman Phillipe Boucher who was traded to Pittsburgh in exchange for defenseman Darryl Sydor on Sundayhis Penguins debut tonight. Boucher will be paired with Alex Goligoski and will see time on the 1st and 2nd power play units. Boucher appeared in 16 games for the Dallas Stars and recorded three points and averaged 21:46 of ice time. Boucher has been bothered with shoulder injuries the past few seasons and only appeared in 38 games last season. In 2006-2007 Boucher played in 76 games and recorded 51 points including 19 goals.
Penguins recall John Curry: The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender John Curry from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League. Curry posted a 3-4-0 record in eight games this season Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He has recorded a save percentage of .897 and a 3.36 goals-against average at the time of his recall.

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