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Black Friday, 2019.
It was 1,103 days ago — and it was the last time the Columbus Blue Jackets picked up a win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Tuesday, the teams meet for the 7th time since that Columbus win in November of 2019. It's been even longer since the Blue Jackets have won in the Steel City — that came in November of 2015 and was the fourth week on the job for John Tortorella. Columbus is 0-7-4 in that span.
In other words, it's been a while.
Here's what to know when the Blue Jackets and Penguins face off from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh :
|ODDS OF CBJ WIN PER MONEYPUCK||30%|
|ODDS OF CBJ WIN PER THE 538||31%|
|CAESAR'S SPORTSBOOK BETTING||PIT -285|
|PENGUINS: LAST THREE GAMES|
|SAT, 12/3||vs. ST. LOUIS||W, 6-2|
|THU, 12/1||vs. VEGAS||W, 4-3|
|TUE, 11/29||vs. CAROLINA||OTL, 3-2|
|PENGUINS: TEAM LEADERS|
TALKING POINTS: PIT
The Penguins are hot. They're 7-1-1 in their last nine games, failing to pick up at least a point only against the Toronto Maple Leafs. They've averaged nearly four goals per game during the stretch but are just 5-for-27 on the power play in that span.
As of early Tuesday morning, there's no word on the availability of forwards Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin or goaltender Casey DeSmith. All three were among the Penguins who did not skate at practice Monday, with head coach Mike Sullivan saying they were out due to an illness. (Tuesday afternoon update: Sullivan says all three are game-time decisions.)
DeSmith has been solid for the Penguins this season in a back-up role. He has a 3.00 goals against and .908 save percentage in nine starts, while primary starter Tristan Jarry has 16 starts, a 2.86 GAA, and .915 SV%.
- Crosby, 35, still leads the team in goals (13), assists (20), and points (30) this season, despite his age. Malkin, 36, has a stat line of 8-16-24. Both have played in all 25 Pittsburgh games so far.
Kirill Marchenko is set for his NHL debut, per coach Brad Larsen. Marchenko has torn it up all season long for the Cleveland Monsters, scoring eight goals and adding 11 assits in 16 games. The 22-year-old practiced with the top power play unit Monday and skated alongside Yegor Chinakhov and Cole Sillinger.
ELVIS IS BACK IN THE BUILDING
Larsen also announced Monday that Elvis Merzlikins would get the start in net for the Blue Jackets. It'll be his first start since November 15th against Philadelphia, when he left with an injury in the second period. Merzlikins is at the bottom of the league in goals against (4.74) and save percentage (.864), so a good showing Tuesday has the chance to push him in the right direction.
KEEP IT UP, KENT
Kent Johnson is having an incredible season, despite the much-talked about lack of ice time. His first NHL goal came against the Penguins back in October — can he duplicate the performance Tuesday?
Updated: 1:05 p.m. // Subject to Change
|13||Johnny Gaudreau||38||Boone Jenner||29||Patrik Laine|
|91||Kent Johnson||96||Jack Roslovic||14||Gus Nyquist|
|59||Yegor Chinakhov||34||Cole Sillinger||86||Kirill Marchenko|
|50||Eric Robinson||7||Sean Kuraly||72||Carson Meyer|
|4||Vladislav Gavrikov||47||Marcus Bjork|
|15||Gavin Bayreuther||44||Eric Gudbranson|
|75||Tim Berni||2||Andrew Peeke|
|90||Elvis Merzlikins||70||Joonas Korpisalo|