Pittsburgh Penguins (15-13-5, 35 pts) at Atlanta Thrashers (19-10-6, 44 pts)
The Penguins return to the scene of the crime in an attempt to duplicate the start of their recent hot streak that ended so abruptly against Montreal and St Louis.
The Thrashers are trying to get on a roll themselves, having won in New Jersey in a shoot out. Prior to that win, the Thrashers had lost 5 in a row, three of them at home.
The special teams for the Thrashers have been struggling big time lately. They have just three power play goals in 28 chances, spanning six games. They've also allowed 9 goals in 28 chances over that same span on the penalty kill. That's obviously not very good.
Having said that, the Pens will have to shake off the negative vibes coming from the slots license award yesterday, as well as avoid falling into another prolonged losing streak. Only one other time this season have they gone three games without earning a point, so let's hope they can avoid that fate tonight.
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I'm looking for a solid effort from the Pens tonight, earning at least one point. Hopefully they'll come out hopping to shake off any of those negative vibes from yesterday.
Let's Go Pens!