Minnesota Wild at Pittsburgh Penguins
Minnesota Wild Preview
The Minnesota Wild will need to locate their missing offense on Tuesday when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Wild have scored just 11 goals during their past six games (1-4-1), with the team being limited to just solo tallies in four of those contests. Eric Staal, who leads the club with 16 goals and 33 points, has dented the scoresheet just once in that stretch while six-time 30-goal scorer Zach Parise has no goals in his past 10 games.
Marcus Foligno is the lone exception to Minnesota’s scoring woes, as the 28-year-old tallied the fourth time in his past four games on Sunday during a 4-1 loss versus Vancouver. Defenseman Jared Spurgeon collected a goal and two assists in the Wild’s 7-4 setback to Pittsburgh on Oct. 12.
Pittsburgh Penguins Preview
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to ride the momentum of a perfect three-game road trip into a brief stop home to face the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. Captain Sidney Crosby could make his return following a 28-game absence caused by a core muscle injury. The Penguins have posted an 18-6-4 mark without him. Crosby recorded a goal and an assist in Pittsburgh’s 7-4 victory over Minnesota on Oct. 12, boosting his total to 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) in 18 career games versus the Wild.
Bryan Rust, who did not play in that game, had an assist Sunday in Pittsburgh’s 4-3 shootout victory at Arizona to mark the 13th time in his past 15 games that he has collected at least one point. The Penguins have decimated the Western Conference this season (19-4-2).