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NHL Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins (31-21-9) at Florida Panthers (30-27-6)


Mar. 2: Pittsburgh 5, Tampa Bay 4 (OT) – Amalie Arena
PIT Goals: Petry (2), Zucker (2), O’Connor
Multiple Points: Zucker (2G), Petry (2G), Carter (2A), Pettersson (2A)
Goalie: Jarry (27 saves, 31 shots)
Key Stats: Jason Zucker’s third-career overtime winner helped Pittsburgh to its fourth-straight win.
PP: 0-5
PK: 3-5

Feb. 28: Pittsburgh 3, Nashville 1 – Bridgestone Arena
PIT Goals: Crosby, Zucker, Rust (EN)
Multiple Points: None
Goalie: Jarry (24 saves, 25 shots)
Key Stats: Jason Zucker’s game-winning goal was his second in as many games and fourth in his last seven contests.
PP: 0-3
PK: 2-2

Position Player Status Consecutive Games Missed Total Games Missed
F Ryan Poehling Upper-Body 9 23
2022-23 Total Regular-Season Man-Games Lost: 147

Date Transaction
Mar. 3 D Dmitry Kulikov acquired in exchange for Brock McGinn and a 2024 third-round draft pick.
Mar. 3 F Nick Bonino acquired in exchange for a conditional 2024 fifth-round draft pick and 2023 seventh-round draft pick.
Mar. 3 F Drew O’Connor and F Drake Caggiula re-assigned to WBS (AHL).
Mar. 1 F Mikael Granlund acquired from Nashville for 2023 2nd round draft pick.
Mar. 1 F Peter DiLiberatore and 2024 3rd Round Draft Pick acquired form Vegas in exchange for Teddy Blueger.

Pittsburgh’s All-Time Record vs. Panthers: 56-35-11
In Pittsburgh: 33-14-4
In Florida: 23-21-7
OT Record vs. Panthers: 14-5-6
Shootout Record vs. Panthers: 5-2

2022-23 Results: Pittsburgh is 2-0-0.
Penguins All-Time Point Leaders vs. Panthers:
Sidney Crosby – 46GP, 63 PTS (29G-34A)
Evgeni Malkin – 41GP, 45 PTS (16G-29A)
Kris Letang – 42GP, 34 PTS (10G-24A)


  • The Penguins conclude their three-game road trip as they take on the Florida Panthers at FLA Live Arena (TV: AT&T Sportsnet; Radio: 105.9 The X).
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1-1 in its last six games versus Florida dating back to Feb. 8, 2020.
  • The Penguins have points in 19 of their last 23 meetings versus the Panthers (15-4-4 record) dating back to December 20, 2014.
  • Here at FLA Live Arena, the Penguins have picked up points in 10 of their last 12 visits (6-2-4).
  • Following tonight’s game, Pittsburgh will play five straight, and six of its next eight games, at home.

1) Pittsburgh has points in 77.8% of their games versus Atlantic Division opponents this season (9-4-5).



  • F Patric Hornqvist | Games Missed: 38
  • F Sam Bennett | Games Missed: 6
  • F Aleksander Barkov | Games Missed: 3
  • F Givani Smith | Games Missed: 3
    Total Man Games Lost Due to Injury: 194

Panthers 1, Predators 2 – March 2 – FLA Live Arena
FLA Goals: Montour (11)
NSH Goals: Duchene (19-PPG), Leonard (1)
FLA Goalie: Bobrovsky (L) – 21 Saves
NSH Goalie: Lankinen (W) – 30 Saves
FLA Shots: 31
NSH Shots: 23
Notes: Ryan Lomberg and Radko Gudas notched assists on Brandon Montour’s goal…Montour led Florida with 26:06 time on ice…Aaron Ekblad paced the Cats with five shots on goal…Carter Verhaeghe’s four hits paced the team…FLA PP: 0-0, FLA PK: 0-1


  • March 3: F Zac Dalpe loaned to Charlotte (AHL)
  • Feb. 24: F Zac Dalpe and F Grigori Denisenko recalled from Charlotte (AHL) | F Anthony Duclair activated from LTIR | F Givani Smith placed on LTIR
  • Feb. 23: F Chris Tierney claimed off waivers by MTL

ALL-TIME vs. PIT: 42-42-4-14
ALL-TIME HOME vs. PIT: 27-20-1-3
2022-23 vs. PIT: 0-1-1


  • Gustav Forsling is expected to play in his 300th NHL game tonight.
  • Florida’s 37 goals by defensemen are tied for the league lead.

The Panthers play the second game of a season-long seven-game homestand tonight against Pittsburgh. The Cats’ 3.69 goals for per game at home ranks tied for fourth and they lead all teams averaging 38.9 shots on goal per game on home ice in 2022-23. Since Jan. 3, Florida owns a 7-4-0 record on home ice, outscoring their opponents 41-31. Over that span, Matthew Tkachuk leads the Panthers with 19 points (5-14-19) over 11 games on FLA Live Arena ice.

Florida faces off against Pittsburgh tonight for the third and final time in 2022-23. The Penguins have taken each of the prior two matchups this season, but the Panthers are 4-2-0 in the Penguins’ prior six visits to FLA Live Arena dating to Feb. 24, 2018. Carter Verhaeghe has produced eight points (5-3-8) over seven career games against Pittsburgh. Verhaeghe (2-1-3), Sam Reinhart (2-1-3) and Aaron Ekblad (1-2-3) have all posted three points in Florida’s two games against Pittsburgh this season.

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