The Penguins, sixth overall in team offense, have won two straight and have scored a combined nine goals over those games. After missing the first six games of the season with a concussion, Captain Crosby has been on fire, leading the Pens in goals despite playing only half of his team’s games. Netminder, Matt Murray (1.33 GAA, .957 save %), has started the last two games for the Penguins, and may get the nod again this Thursday over Marc-Andre Fleury (3.07 GAA, .912 save %).
Look for a battle of offensive strength versus defensive strength on Thursday night, as Pittsburgh will look to utilize its versatile offense against a suffocating Wild defense.
NHL Odds: Penguins Look to Continue their Winning Ways Against MinnesotaThe Minnesota Wild (6-4-1) will try to stop a two-game slide Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins (9-2-2). Thursday’s game (7 PM ET) on FSN will showcase two of the offensive mainstays in the league over the past decade in Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. Neither has shown signs of slowing down so far in 2016-17, as Malkin (seven goals, six assists) and Crosby (eight goals and two assists) have each led their team offensively.
The Wild will look to counter with the best overall team defense (2.00 GAA per game) and well-rounded offensive play, led by defenseman Ryan Suter (three goals, seven assists).