A preview of the Avalanche.
When and where: 7 p.m., EST, Consol Energy Center.
TV: Root Sports, Altitude.
Record: 7-10-1, 15 points. The Avalanche is in seventh and last place in the Central Division.
Leading Scorer: Center Nathan MacKinnon, 20 points (8 goals, 12 assists).
Last Game: 5-1 road loss to the Maple Leafs Tuesday. Goaltender Reto Berra made 22 saves for the Avalanche.
Last Game against the Penguins: 3-1 home win March 4. Captain/left winger Gabriel Landeskog (right) had a goal and two assists for the Avalanche.
Avalanche Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Center Matt Duchene. He has a four-game scoring streak.
Ex-Penguins on the Avalanche: Left winger Blake Comeau, defenseman Nate Guenin, right winger Jarome Iginla.
Ex-Avalanche on the Penguins: Assistant coach Rick Tocchet.
Useless Avalanche Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Iginla (1,239) has the second-most career NHL points among players who played for the Western Hockey League's Kamloops Blazers. Current Penguins player developmen coach Mark Recchi (1,533) has the most.
The last time the Penguins played the Avalanche, this happened:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (9-6-0, 2.08 GAA, .929 SV%) for the Penguins. Reto Berra (4-4-0, 1.83 GAA, .942 SV%) for the Avalanche.
Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Olli Maatta ("upper body") is out. Right winger Bryan Rust (right hand/wrist) is on injured reserve. For the Avalanche, centers John Mitchell (oblique) and Ben Street (chest). Defenseman Brad Stuart (back), left winger Alex Tanguay (knee), center Jesse Winchester (head) and goaltender Semyon Varlamov (groin) are on injured reserve
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' lines and pairings at today's morning skate were:
9 Pascal Dupuis - 87 Sidney Crosby - 72 Patric Hornqvist
57 David Perron - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 81 Phil Kessel
14 Chris Kunitz - 13 Nick Bonino - 19 Beau Bennett
61 Sergei Plotnikov - 7 Matt Cullen -16 Eric Fehr
4 Rob Scuderi - 58 Kris Letang
8 Brian Dumoulin - 12 Ben Lovejoy
28 Ian Cole - 2 Adam Clendening
-The Avalanche lines and pairings at today's morning skate were:
92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 9 Matt Duchene
14 Blake Comeau - 34 Carl Soderberg - 12 Jarome Iginla
55 Cody McLeod - 25 Mikhail Grigorenko - 27 Andreas Martinsen
45 Dennis Everberg - 62 Chris Wagner - 8 Jack Skille
32 Francois Beauchemin - 6 Erik Johnson
2 Nick Holden - 4 Tyson Barrie
46 Brandon Gormley - 5 Nate Guenin/22 Zach Redmond
-The Penguins recalled defenseman David Warsofsky from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
-Landeskog is returning to the lineup after being suspended two games.
-Duchene has 199 career assists.
-Defensemen Nate Guenin or Zach Redmond will be a healthy scratch.
-The referees are (No. 44) Kendrick Nicholson and (No. 11) Kelly Sutherland. The linesmen are (No. 68) Scott Driscoll and (No. 75) Derek Amell.
(Photo: Matt Slocum/Associated Press)