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PENGUINS vs DUCKS PREVIEW

on November 18, 2013 10:50 AM

ANAHEIM at PITTSBURGH

When and where — 7:30 p.m. today, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh

TV — Root

Radio — WQMU-FM 92.5

Records — Penguins 12-8 (24 points, second place Metropolitan Division), Ducks 15-5-2 (32 points, first place Pacific Division)

Leading scorers — Penguins: Sidney Crosby (9 goals, 16 assists, 25 points), Chris Kunitz (9 goals); Ducks: Corey Perry (12 goals, 23 points), Ryan Getzlaf (13 assists, 23 points).

Notes — Two of the top teams in the league square off, but both have been struggling as of late. The Penguins have lost four of their last five, including a 4-1 setback at New Jersey on Saturday. The only win in that span came over Nashville, the last-place team in the Central Division. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed more than two goals just twice in his last eight starts, but Pittsburgh has scored more than one goal just once in its last five games. The Pens fell out of first place in the Metropolitan Division in the process. …

Sidney Crosby is tied for second in the league in scoring, one point behind Alexander Steen of St. Louis. Crosby is tied for fourth in assists. Fleury (11-6, .918 save percentage) has a .913 save percentage and 2.04 goals-against average in his last four games. … Forward Dustin Jeffrey (10 games, 1 assist) was claimed on waivers by Dallas on Sunday.

About the Ducks — Anaheim has lost three straight on the heels of a five-game winning streak. The Ducks lost to Carolina, 3-2, in a shootout on the road on Friday. Corey Perry and Dustin Penner scored in regulation for the Ducks, and Viktor Fasth stopped 21 of 23 shots in regulation and overtime. … Forwards Saku Koivu and Matt Beleskey, who have missed significant time due to injuries recently, both participated fully in practice on Sunday. …

The Ducks traded center Peter Holland and right wing Brad Staubitz to Toronto for defenseman Jesse Blacker and two draft picks on Saturday. … Ryan Getzlaf has four goals and three assists over the last three games. … Goaltender Jonas Hiller is 7-3-1 with an .898 save percentage.

Next — The Penguins play at Washington on Wednesday.

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