Game 60: Penguins Vs. Blackhawks Preview
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CHICAGO (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Penguins will wrap up a four-game road trip when they visit the defending Stanley Cup champions Sunday afternoon.
Pittsburgh is coming off a 3-2 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday night.
Tyler Kennedy’s rebound goal in the extra frame snapped a two-game losing streak.
The team will get an added boost as Matt Cooke will return to the lineup. Cooke had been serving a four-game suspension for hitting Columbus’ Fedor Tyutin into the boards from behind.
Cooke’s face will be an even welcome one considering the Penguins’ current injury situation.
Sidney Crosby (concussion), Arron Asham (concussion), Mike Comrie (hip), Dustin Jeffrey (lower-body), Nick Johnson (upper-body), Chris Kunitz (lower-body), Mark Letestu (knee) and Eric Tangradi (concussion-like symptoms) are all out of the lineup.
In addition, Evgeni Malkin is out for the year after suffering a torn ACL and MCL earlier this month.
As a result of the injuries, the Penguins called up Tim Wallace from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
The Blackhawks have been struggling recently, having posted a 3-5-2 record in their last 10 games.
They are currently tied for third in the Central Division and are 11th overall in the Western Conference.
Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews lead the team in points with 52. Sharp leads the team with 30 goals, including 12 on the power play.
In goal, Corey Crawford has emerged as the team’s starting goaltender over Marty Turco. In his first full season with the club, Crawford is 18-12-3 with a 2.16 GAA and .921 save percentage.
According to the Penguins’ official website, Pittsburgh is 9-2-3 in their last 14 meetings with Chicago and holds a 4-2-1 record at the United Center.
Kennedy has picked his play up of late, having scored goals in five of the team’s last eight games.
Kris Letang snapped a seven-game pointless streak on Feb. 11 against the New York Islanders. During his current three-game point streak, Letang has one goal and three assists.
Pittsburgh will return home to take on the Washington Capitals Monday night.