A preview of the Ducks.
When and where: 7:30 p.m. EST. Consol Energy Center.
TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), NBC Sports Network (Rest of the United States), TSN2 RDS.
Record: 15-5-2, 32 points. The Ducks are in first place in the Pacific Division.
Leading Scorer: Corey Perry, 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists).
Last Game: 3-2 road shootout loss to the Hurricanes Friday. Perry had a regulation goal and an assist for the Ducks.
Last Game against the Penguins: 2-1 road loss, Feb. 15, 2012. Jonas Hiller made 25 saves for the Ducks.
Ducks Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Teemu Selanne (right). He has scored in every game he's ever played in Pittsburgh.
Ex-Penguins on the Ducks: Brad Lauer, assistant coach; Ben Lovejoy, D.
Ex-Ducks on the Penguins: Craig Adams, RW (Adams signed with the Ducks in the 2005 offseason but was traded to the Hurricanes before the start of the 2005-06 season); Dan Bylsma, head coach; Chris Kunitz, LW.
Useless Ducks Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Selanne has never won the Art Ross Trophy as the league's leading scorer but he has finished second in the scoring race. In each time, he lost out to a Penguins player. Mario Lemieux (1996-97) and Jaromir Jagr (1998-99).
Best Ducks Video We Could Find: Selanne making a decision on retirement this past offseason:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (11-6-0, 2.06 GAA, .918 SV%) for the Penguins. Viktor Fasth (2-1-1, 2.94 GAA, .885 SV%) for the Ducks.
Injuries: For the Penguins, right winger Chuck Kobasew ("lower body"), defenseman Rob Scuderi (broken ankle) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Ducks, left winger Matt Beleskey ("upper body") is day to day. Center Saku Koivu ("upper-body"), right winger Jakob Silfverberg (broken right hand) and defenseman Sheldon Souray (right wrist) are on injured reserve.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins primary lines at today's morning skate were:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 19 Beau Bennett
9 Pascal Dupuis - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
36 Jussi Jokinen - 16 Brandon Sutter - 49 Brian Gibbons
15 Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams
-The Penguins rotated their defensemen this morning. Consider this a guess:
3 Olli Maata - 58 Kris Letang
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
2 Matt Niskanen - 5 Deryk Engelland
The Ducks held an optional morning skate. Consider this a guess:
17 Dustin Penner - 15 Ryan Getzlaf - 10 Corey Perry
39 Matt Beleskey -13 Nick Bonino - 8 Teemu Selanne
7 Andrew Cogliano - 34 - Daniel Winnik - 77 Devante Smith-Pelly
65 Emerson Etem - 22 Mathieu Perreault - 21 Kyle Palmieri
47 Hampus Lindholm - 23 Francois Beauchemin
4 Cam Fowler - 6 Ben Lovejoy
55 Bryan Allen - 5 Luca Sbisa
-The last time the Penguins played the Ducks, this happened:
-The Penguins recalled Gibbons (5-foot-8, 170 pounds) from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this morning. Gibbons, 25, has appeared in 15 AHL games this season and leads Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists). Undrafted out of Boston College, Gibbons signed with the Penguins as a free agent in 2011.
-Jokinen has appeared in 699 career games.
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(Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)