Montreal travels to Pittsburgh for Canadiens-Penguins matchup
Pittsburgh; Friday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Montreal Canadiens.
The Penguins are 14-11-4 in conference games. Pittsburgh has scored 179 goals and is eighth in the NHL averaging 3.2 per game. Bryan Rust leads the team with 22.
The Canadiens are 15-16-7 in conference matchups. Montreal has given up 37 power-play goals, killing 79.3% of opponent opportunities.
Pittsburgh knocked off Montreal 3-2 in the last meeting between these teams on Jan. 4.
TOP PERFORMERS: Rust leads the Penguins with 22 goals, adding 23 assists and recording 45 points. Evgeni Malkin has scored five goals over the last 10 games for Pittsburgh.
LAST 10 GAMES: Canadiens: 6-4-0, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.7 assists, four penalties and 8.6 penalty minutes while allowing 2.4 goals per game with a .921 save percentage.
Penguins: 6-3-1, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.7 assists, four penalties and 8.3 penalty minutes while giving up 2.5 goals per game with a .921 save percentage.
INJURIES: Penguins: John Marino: out (fractured cheekbone).