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Penguins @ Blue Jackets: Black Friday Game Thread

TV: 7 pm ET, SNET, ROOT (Pittsburgh), FSN Ohio (Columbus)

Key trends, stats and observations.

  • The Jackets have won 4 of last 5 against the Pens
  • The Pens have won 4 of their last 5 games
  • Sergei Bobrovsky has been tremendous of late. He's 4-1-0 in his last 5 with a .940 save percentage, including a shutout
  • Marc-Andre Fleury has slowed down noticeably and is 3-2 in the last 5 games with a SV% of .906 and a 2.8 GAA
  • Happy 24th birthday to Beau Bennett! Get some goals to go with the cake.

Pittsburgh lines and pairings

Pascal Dupuis - Sidney Crosby - Patric Hornqvist

David Perron - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel

Chris Kunitz - Nick Bonino - Beau Bennett

Sergei Plotnikov - Matt Cullen - Eric Fehr

Defensive Pairings

Rob Scuderi - Kris Letang

Brian Dumoulin - Ben Lovejoy

Ian Cole - Adam Clendening


Marc-Andre Fleury

Columbus lines and pairings

Columbus lines in practice this morning had captain Nick Foligno swapping places with Brandoon Saad on the top line, and defenseman Justin Falk looks to make his season debut in place of Dalton Prout, so this is what I gather we'll see tonight:

Boone Jenner - Ryan Johansen - Nick Foligno

Scott Hartnell - William Karlsson - Brandon Saad

Matt Calvert - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson

Gregory Campbell - Alexander Wennberg - Kerby Rychel

Defensive Pairings

Jack Johnson - David Savard

Ryan Murray - Kevin Connauton

Andrew Bodnarchuk - Justin Falk


Sergei Bobrovsky