A preview of the Avalanche.
When and where: 7:30 p.m. EDT. Consol Energy Center.
TV: ROOT Sports (Pittsburgh market), NBC Sports (Rest of the United States), TSN2, RDS2.
Record: 7-1-0, 14 points. The Avalanche is in first place in the Central Division.
Leading Scorer: Matt Duchene, 9 points (six goals, three assists).
Last Game: 4-2 road win against the Sabres, Saturday. Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O'Reilly each had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche.
Last Game against the Penguins: 5-1 home loss, March 3, 2012. Jean-Sebastien Giguere (right) made 27 saves for the Avalanche.
Avalanche Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Nathan MacKinnon. Natives of Cole Harbour tend to do well in this building.
Ex-Penguins on the Avalanche: Nate Guenin, D.
Ex-Avalanche/Nordiques on the Penguins: Tony Granato, assistant coach; Chuck Kobasew, RW; Jacques Martin, assistant coach; Andre Savard, professional scout.
Useless Avalanche Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Giguere (1st round - 1995) is one of three former Hartford Whalers draft picks still active in the NHL. The others are Penguins right winger Craig Adams (9th round - 1995) and Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger (1st round - 1993). Pronger is on long-term injured reserve due to an eye injury and is essentially retired, but he technically is an active player.
Best Avalanche/Nordiques Video We Could Find: Mario Lemieux, then an 18-year-old prospect wearing pink pants, accepting an award from former Penguins center Pierre Larouche and dropping a puck for a ceremonial faceoff prior to a game between the Noridques and Canadiens late in the 1983-84 season:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (7-0-0, 1.84 GAA, .930 SV%) for the Penguins. Jean-Sebastien Giguere (2-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .971 SV%) for the Avalanche.
Injuries: For the Penguins, right winger Beau Bennett is day to day. Right winger Matt D'Agostini ("lower-body"), defenseman Kris Letang ("lower body"), left winger James Neal ("upper body") and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Avalanche, it is reporting no injuries.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 12 Chuck Kobasew
15 Tanner Glass - 16 Brandon Sutter - 23 Chris Conner
39 Harry Zolnierczyk - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
4 Rob Scuderi - 2 Matt Niskanen
3 Olli Maatta - 41 Robert Bortuzzo
-The Avalanche's expected lines and defensive pairings are:
92 Gabriel Landeskog - 26 Paul Stastny - 40 Alex Tanguay
90 Ryan O'Reilly - 9 Matt Duchene - 17 Steve Downie
11 Jamie McGinn - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 15 P.A. Parenteau
24 Marc-Andre Cliche - 7 John Mitchell - 58 Patrick Bordeleau
6 Erik Johnson - 8 Jan Hejda
44 Ryan Wilson - 5 Nate Guenin
61 Andre Benoit - 16 Cory Sarich
-The last time the Penguins played the Avalanche, this happened:
-Malkin has 349 career assists.
-Avalanche left winger Cody McLeod is suspended indefinitely.
-Guenin is a native of Hopewell.
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(Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)