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Pittsburgh at Edmonton
When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta

After shutting down one high-scoring forward in their last outing, the Pittsburgh Penguins bid to repeat the feat on Tuesday when they begin a three-game road trip through Western Canada with a visit to captain Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. Defenseman Kris Letang and company kept Auston Matthews and Toronto off the scoresheet as the Penguins posted a 3-0 triumph on Thursday.

"They're tremendous young players that are taking over the league right now. They're incredible. Sometimes you're playing against them and you get caught watching them," said Letang, who has a generational talent in his locker room in Sidney Crosby. A two-time Hart Trophy winner, Crosby notched his third assist in four games as the Penguins improved to 2-0-2 in their last four by blanking the Maple Leafs. Edmonton aims to rebound after Saturday's 3-0 setback to Nashville snapped a three-game winning streak. McDavid, who is a former Hart Trophy recipient and two-time league scoring title winner, added another honor to his resume on Monday after being named the NHL Second Star of the Week following a six-point performance - with two goals and as many assists coming in a 5-4 overtime victory versus Winnipeg last Tuesday.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, TVA, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, Sportsnet One (Edmonton)

ABOUT THE PENGUINS (3-1-2): Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and set up Letang for another against Toronto to push his point streak to four games (two goals, seven assists). The 32-year-old leads Pittsburgh in both assists (nine) and points (12) heading into Tuesday's encounter with Edmonton, against which he scored the go-ahead goal in third period of a 3-2 road win on Nov. 1. Matt Murray turned aside 35 shots to preserve the victory in that contest and made 38 saves against the Maple Leafs on the heels of surrendering 11 goals on 65 shots in his previous two games.

ABOUT THE OILERS (3-3-0): Ryan Nugent-Hopkins recorded all seven of his points (two goals, five assists) in three games before being kept under wraps by the Predators. The top overall pick of the 2011 Draft, Nugent-Hopkins scored in the 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh in November to increase his point total to eight (four goals, four assists) in 11 career encounters versus the club. Like Nugent-Hopkins, fellow forward Leon Draisaitl also had a three-game point streak halted in Music City and scored in that November contest against the Penguins.

OVERTIME

1. Pittsburgh has won in its last four visits to Edmonton.

2. The Oilers have failed to record a lead after the first period in any game this season.

3. Pittsburgh's second-ranked penalty kill (92.9 percent) will look to subdue Edmonton's eighth-ranked power play (27.8).

PREDICTION: Penguins 4, Oilers 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Pittsburgh 3-1-1-1 W1 2-1-1-0 1-0-0-1 0-0-0-0 3-1-1-1 1-0-0-0
Edmonton 3-3-0-0 L1 1-1-0-0 2-2-0-0 1-0-0-0 2-3-0-0 0-0-0-0
Last Meeting
Pittsburgh Edmonton
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
11/1/17 PIT 3 EDM 2 30 35 2-4 37 27 1-5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Pittsburgh P. Kessel 2
Edmonton C. McDavid 2
Goals Player  
Pittsburgh P. Hornqvist 1
Edmonton L. Draisaitl 1
Assists Player  
Pittsburgh P. Kessel 2
Edmonton C. McDavid 2
Saves Player  
Pittsburgh M. Murray 35
Edmonton C. Talbot 27
Season
Total Points Player  
Pittsburgh E. Malkin 14
Edmonton C. McDavid 22
Goals Player  
Pittsburgh P. Kessel 6
Edmonton C. McDavid 8
Assists Player  
Pittsburgh E. Malkin 11
Edmonton C. McDavid 14
Saves Player  
Pittsburgh C. DeSmith 146
Edmonton C. Talbot 270
Quickchart Matchup
Pittsburgh Off vs  Edmonton Def
3.33 GF
3.17 GA
29.8 Shots
28.8 Shots
4 PP
4 PK
Edmonton Off vs  Pittsburgh Def
2.17 GF
3.17 GA
26.7 Shots
34.3 Shots
5 PP
1 PK