A preview of the Avalanche.
When and where: 7 p.m, EST, Consol Energy Center.
TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), Altitude (Denver market), NHL Network (rest of the United States), SportsNet 360, TVA2.
Record: 10-13-7, 27 points. The Avalanche is in last place in the Central Division.
Leading Scorer: Center Matt Duchene, 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists).
Last Game: 3-2 overtime home loss to the Blues Saturday. Defenseman Erik Johnson scored both goals for the Avalanche.
Last Game against the Penguins: 3-2 home shootout loss April 6. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves for the Avalanche.
Avalanche Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Center Daniel Briere. In his past 21 games against the Penguins - including playoffs - he has 21 points.
Ex-Penguins on the Avalanche: Defenseman Nate Guenin, right winger Jarome Iginla (right) and center Maxime Talbot.
Ex-Avalanche on the Penguins: Right winger Steve Downie, and assistant coach Rick Tocchet.
Useless Avalanche Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Downie, Guenin, Iginla and Talbot are the only players who have been NHL teammates with Penguins center Sidney Crosby (2005) and Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (2013), each former No. 1 overall picks from Cole Harbour, N.S.
The last time the Avalanche played the Penguins, this happened:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (17-4-2, 2.10 GAA, .927 SV%) for the Penguins. Calvin Pickard (4-5-1, 2.42 GAA, .927 SV%) for the Avalanche.
Injuries: For the Penguins, center Sidney Crosby (mumps) is a game-time decision. Goaltender Thomas Greiss (illness) is doubtful. Right wingers Beau Bennett (knee), Pascal Dupuis (blood clot), defensemen Robert Bortuzzo ("upper body") and Olli Maatta ("upper body"), centers Zach Sill ("upper body"), Scott Wilson (leg), left winger Chris Kunitz (foot) are on injured reserve. For the Avalanche, center John Mitchell (leg), Ben Street (hand), Jesse Winchester (head), left winger Jamie McGinn (back), goaltender Semyon Varlamov (groin) and defenseman Ryan Wilson (leg) are on injured reserve.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
71 Evgeni Malkin - 87 Sidney Crosby - 72 Patric Hornqvist
17 Blake Comeau - 16 Brandon Sutter - 23 Steve Downie
13 Nick Spaling - 57 Marcel Goc - 36 Bryan Rust
27 Craig Adams - 25 Andrew Ebbett- 20 Rob Klinkhammer/34 Bobby Farnham
10 Christian Ehrhoff - 58 Kris Letang
47 Simon Despres - 7 Paul Martin
10 Scott Harrington - 4 Rob Scuderi
-The Avalanche did not hold a morning skate today. It's expected line and defensive pairings are:
40 Alex Tanguay - 9 Matt Duchene - 12 Jarome Iginla
92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 90 Ryan O'Reilly
55 Cody McLeod - 25 Maxime Talbot - 48 Daniel Briere
45 Dennis Everberg - 24 Marc-Andre Cliche - 2 Nick Holden
8 Jan Hejda - 6 Erik Johnson
5 Nate Guenin - 4 Tyson Barrie
17 Brad Stuart - 22 Zach Redmond
-"I'm going to talk to the doctors and see what they think. It's been a boring week, for sure." - Crosby on being a game-time decision.
-Fleury's mumps test came back negative. Greiss has been tested for mumps. Test results for Bortuzzo and Maatta are still pending.
-Harrington is expected to make his NHL debut.
-The Avalanche canceled its morning skate as a precaution against the mumps.
-Stuart is returning after missing 16 games and is expected to play in his 1,000th career game. He will be the 100th NHL defenseman to reach that mark.
-Guenin is a native of Aliquippa who grew up in Hopewell.
-The referees are Dave Jackson (No. 8) and Ghislain Hebert (No. 22). The linesmen are Trent Knorr (No. 63), Scott Driscoll (No. 68).
-We will not be writing a live blog for tonight's game due. We will have a post-game blog.
(Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)