A preview of the Blackhawks.
When and where: 7:30 p.m., EDT. Consol Energy Center.
TV: NBC Sports Network, RDS2.
Record: 42-18-15, 99 points. The Blackhawks are in third place in the Central Division.
Leading Scorer: Patrick Sharp (right), 72 points (31 goals, 41 assists).
Last Game: 5-3 road loss to the Senators, Friday. Antti Raanta made 24 saves for the Blackhawks.
Last Game against the Penguins: 5-1 home win (at Soldier Field), March 1. Jonathan Toews had two goals and an assist for the Blackhawks.
Blackhawks Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Marian Hossa. He has 44 points in 40 career games against his former team.
Ex-Penguins on the Blackhawks: Denis Bonvie, professional scout, Scotty Bowman, senior advisor, Marian Hossa, RW; Norm Maciver, assistant general manager; Michal Rozsival, D.
Ex-Blackhawks on the Penguins: Craig Adams, RW; Tom Fitzgerald, assistant to the general manager.
Useless Blackhawks Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Crawford is one of three goaltenders selected in the 2003 draft who have been part of a Stanley Cup winning roster. The others are Marc-Andre Fleury (2009) and Detroit's Jimmy Howard (2008).
(Note: Howard was on the Red Wings' roster in 2008 as a "Black Ace" who was there for practice purposes.)
Best Blackhawks Video We Could Find: Blackhawks center Denis Savard weaving through the Oilers' defense for a dazzling goal in 1987-88:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (35-17-4, 2.35 GAA, .917 SV%) for the Penguins. Corey Crawford (29-14-10, 2.22 GAA, .918 SV%) for the Blackhawks.
Injuries: For the Penguins, center Marcel Goc ("lower body"), Evgeni Malkin (foot) and Joe Vitale ("upper body") are out. Right wingers Chris Conner (foot), Pascal Dupuis (knee), defensemen Kris Letang (stroke), Paul Martin (hand) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Blackhawks, left winger Bryan Bickell ("upper body") and defenseman Michal Rozsival ("lower body") are doubtful. Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin ("lower body"/shoulder) and right winger Patrick Kane ("lower body") are on injured reserve.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 22 Lee Stempniak
19 Beau Bennett - 36 Jussi Jokinen - - 18 James Neal
17 Taylor Pyatt - 16 Brandon Sutter - 49 Brian Gibbons
15 Tanner Glass - 27 Craig Adams - 59 Jayson Megna
3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen
44 Brook Orpik - 41 Robert Bortuzzo
5 Deryk Engelland - 4 Rob Scuderi
The Blackhawks did not hold a full morning skate. Consider this a guess based off their primary lines and defensive pairings against the Senators Friday were:
23 Kris Versteeg - 19 Jonathan Toews - 81 Marian Hossa
10 Patrick Sharp - 26 Michal Handzus - 65 Andrew Shaw
20 Brandon Saad - 86 Teuvo Teravainen- 25 Matt Carey
52 Brandon Bollig - 16 Marcus Kruger - 28 Ben Smith
2 Duncan Keith - 7 Brent Seabrook
4 Niklas Hjalmarsson - 27 Johnny Oduya
8 Nick Leddy - 17 Sheldon Brookbank
-The last time the Penguins played the Blackhawks, this happened:
-Adams has 99 career assist.
-Saad, a native of Gibsonia, will be playing his first regular season game in Pittsburgh.
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(Photo: Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)