PENS GAME #22: PENGUINS VS. BLUE JACKETS
The Metro Division's first meet the worst, as the division leading Blue Jackets come to Pittsburgh to face the last place Penguins in another key inter-divisional game.
Pittsburgh Penguins (8-8-5) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (13-7-2) at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA at 7PM (EST)
*Update at 11/24/18, 5:05PM (EST)*
Patric Hornqvist is now confirmed out with a concussion sustained last game vs. Boston.
On and off once again the Penguins are back in the loss column after dropping the game to Boston in OT. They desperately need to find some multi-game consistency soon or face the wrath of the consequences of a team who can't.
Perhaps the jolt of playing the noted rival Blue Jackets will shake them awake?
Those Blue Jackets are 1st in the division and 4th in the Conference, so they won't be push-overs. Columbus is also completely healthy, not missing a single player to injury right now. They're going to test the Penguins.
Those Pens meanwhile still only have 2 wins in the month of November out of 11 games and haven’t won 2 games in a row in almost month, since October 25 & 27. They're at the bottom of the division and one out from the last place in the Conference.
The match-up tonight is really a story of two teams in totally different, opposing positions. Columbus is doing great, Pittsburgh is still spinning out of control.
Here are the specifics...
PENS BULLET POINTS
MATCH-UP INFORMATIONAL BREAKDOWN
Casey DeSmith (PIT): 27-years-old, 6’0”/181lb, 1 year NHL Veteran, Undrafted (Records- 2018-19: 4W-3L-3OTL in 13GP; Last Season: 6W-4L-1OTL in 14GP; Career: 10W-7L-4OTL in 27GP | Goals Against Average- 2018-19: 2.39, Last Season: 2.40; Career: 2.39)
Joonas Korpisalo (CBJ): 24-years-old, 6'3"/182lb, 3 year NHL Veteran, 2012 Round 3 Draft Pick (Records- 2018-19: 5W-0L-2OTL in 8GP; Last Season: 8W-8L-1OTL in 18GP; Career: 36W-24L-8OTL in 71GP | Goals Against Average- 2018-19: 3.67; Last Season: 3.32; Career: 2.95)
Penguins: 21 Points, Metropolitan Division- 8th, Eastern Conference- 14th
Blue Jackets: 28 Points, Metropolitan Division- 1st, Eastern Conference- 4th
Penguins: 1 Loss
Blue Jackets: 1 Win
Goals For & Against:
Penguins: Goals For- 70; Goals Against- 69
Blue Jackets: Goals For- 72; Goals Against- 69
Home vs. Away Records:
Penguins Home Record: 4-5-2
Blue Jackets Away Record: 7-3-1
Team Physical Averages:
Penguins: Average Size- 6'1"/199lbs, Average Age- 28.04
Blue Jackets: Average Size- 6'1"/198lbs, Average Age- 25.59
Penguins Alumni for CBJ: Scott Harrington, Dev. Coach Jarkko Ruutu (Minors- Adam Clendening, Mark Letestu)
Blue Jackets Alumni for PIT: Derick Brassard, Jack Johnson
CBJ Locals for Penguins: None
PIT Locals for Blue Jackets: Ast. GM Bill Zito (Pittsburgh, PA)
-Goals- #1-Kessel (10), #2-Crosby/Hornqvist/Malkin (9), #3-Guentzel (8)
-Assists- #1-Malkin (20), #2-Kessel (16), #3-Crosby (13)
-Points- #1-Malkin (29), #2-Kessel (26), #3- Crosby (22)
-Shots- #1-Hornqvist/Letang (67), #2-Kessel (63), #3-Crosby (55)
-Goals- #1-Atkinson (14), #2-Dubois/Anderson (10), #3-Duclair (8)
-Assists- #1-Panarin (18), #2-Wennberg (12), #3-Murray (10)
-Points- #1-Atkinson/Panarin (23), #2-Dubois (19), #3-Foligno/Werenski/Wennberg (13)
-Shots- #1-Atkinson (81), #2-Anderson/Jenner (64), #3-Panarin (61)
-Penguins vs. Blue Jackets History-
Cup Count: Pens- 5, Blue Jackets- 0
Season Series vs. Blue Jackets: 0-0, First game
Last Season Series vs. Blue Jackets: 4W-0L (With 18 Goals For, 12 Goals Against)
All-Time Record vs. Blue Jackets: 23W-8L-0T-4OTL in 35GP
All-Time Record of Blue Jackets at PPG Paints Arena: 3W-6L-3OTL in 12GP
[Based on last game lines, practice lines, announced line-up changes, etc.]
Guentzel | Crosby | Rust
Pearson | Malkin | Kessel
Aston-Reese | Brassard | Simon
Wilson | Sheahan | Sprong
Dumoulin | Letang
Maatta | Riikola
Johnson | Oleksiak
S: DeSmith | B: Jarry
[Scratches: Chad Ruhwedel | Injured: Matt Cullen (Lower Body Injury, IR), Derek Grant (Undisclosed), Patric Hornqvist (Concussion), Matt Murray (Lower Body Injury, IR), Justin Schultz (Fractured Leg, IR).]
CURRENT PERFORMANCE HIGHS/STREAKS
-Derick Brassard has points in 3 of his last 6 games played. (Stretching back pre-injury to his last time playing in October.)
-Sidney Crosby has points in 4 of his last 5 games and goals in 3 of his last 5 played. (Stretching back pre-injury to his last time playing on November 13.)
-Jake Guentzel has goals in 2 of the last 3 games, goals in 3 of the last 6 games, and points in 4 of the last 7 games.
-Patric Hornqvist has points in 5 of the last 7 games and has goals in 4 of the last 7 games.
-Jack Johnson has points in 2 of the last 4 games and in 4 of the last 8 games.
-Phil Kessel has a 7 game point streak and has goals in 3 of his last 6 games.
-Kris Letang has points in 4 of the last 5 games.
-Evgeni Malkin has a 2 game goal streak and 6 game point streak.
-Tanner Pearson has goals in 2 of the last 3 games.
FINAL NOTES ON THE GAME
-Pens Roster Moves: Garrett Wilson has been called-up from the AHL, apparently signaling Patric Hornqvist was injured last night vs. Boston and will not play tonight. *Update at 11/24/18, 5:05PM (EST): *Patric Hornqvist is now confirmed out indefinitely with a concussion sustained last game vs. Boston on a hit by Kevan Miller.*
Bryan Rust is likely to take Hornqvist's spot on the top line as he did in-game vs. the Bruins when Hornqvist left to the locker-room. Derek Grant is a game-time decision again due to injury. If he cannot play, Garrett Wilson would take the open spot on the 4th line. Casey DeSmith is also expected to start in net, as it's the 2nd of back-to-back games tonight and the goalie duties are traditionally split in this scenario.
-Milestone Watch: Olli Maatta is still 1 point from 100 career points. While Jake Guentzel is nearing the same 100 career points mark too now, he is 4 points from 100.
-The Penguins swept their season series vs. CBJ last year with 4 wins.
-Pens have won their last 5 straight regular season games vs. Columbus as well, with CBJ's last regular season win over the Pens back in the 2017-16 season.
-The Pens and Jackets went past regulation time in 3 of 4 games and went to shoot-outs in 2 of 4 games played against each other last year.
-The Penguins are 2-10 in their last 12 overall and 5-17 in their last 22 games vs. the Eastern Conference.
-The Blue Jackets are 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 15-7 in their last 22 games on the road.
-The last time these teams played on 4/5/18 Phil Kessel had a 2-goal and 3-point game.
-The home team has won 10 of the last 13 games played between PIT and CBJ.
-Team injury comparisons: CBJ- 0 Injured players, PIT- 5 Injured players (Cullen, Grant, Hornqvist, Murray, Schultz.)
EXTRA MISC. THOUGHTS & INFO
*Tristan Jarry was named the #3 "Star Of The Game" for last night's game against Boston.
*Former Pen Jaromir Jagr has been named ambassador of the 2022 Olympics. Read about it HERE.
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