The Pittsburgh Penguins travel West to Edmonton for a battle with the Oilers. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. EST.
Pittsburgh is off to a scorching 4-0-1 start. The Penguins have scored six goals in four of its first five games this season, winning each of them by three or more. Every Pittsburgh forward to dress this season has tallied at least one goal. Sidney Crosby, Danton Heinen, Jake Guentzel, and Evgeni Malkin are all tied for the team lead in goals with three each. Crosby leads the team in points with 10 as he is playing at a two points per game pace thus far. Goaltender Tristan Jarry has been good so far, with a goals against average of 2.01 and a .941 save percentage. Guentzel is a game-time decision tonight after missing Saturday night’s game in Columbus.
Edmonton is off to a bit of a sluggish 2-3-0 start this season. The Oilers have wins over the Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes but have fallen to the Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres, and St. Louis Blues. Unsurprisingly, Edmonton is led in both goals (five) and points (10) by its captain, Connor McDavid. The Oilers’ depth has been its downfall in recent years and this season has seen only eight different players tally a goal. Number one goaltender Jack Campbell has struggled to open the season as he has tallied a 3.82 GAA and a .889 SV%. This will be the final game of Edmonton’s six-game home stand to start the season.
The Oilers took both matchups and all four points from Pittsburgh last season, outscoring the Penguins by a combined total of 10-3. Edmonton is projected to start Campbell tonight, while Pittsburgh will put Jarry between the pipes.