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Eastern Metropolitan Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
55-23-4 114
52-23-7 111
38-27-16 92
40-31-11 91
38-31-12 88
38-33-11 87
38-39-5 81
27-43-12 66

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  • Penguins' Alex Nedeljkovic: Backstops crucial win

    Nedeljkovic stopped 28 of 30 Nashville shots en route to a 4-2 win Monday.

    The Penguins have leaned heavily on Nedeljkovic down the stretch, and he played well until recently. In the four starts prior to Monday's game, he never had a better save percentage than .882, got pulled once and allowed a total of 15 goals. Monday's strong performance helped the Penguins get a crucial win as the team vies for the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

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  • Penguins' Reilly Smith: Scores game-winner

    Smith scored a goal on three shots during Monday's 4-2 win over the Predators.

    The goal brings Smith up to 13 on the campaign, his lowest goal total since the 2014-15 season. He doesn't have the same goal-scoring prowess he had in his 20s, and this goal is an exception rather than a late-season surge. It's his first tally in 14 games, though he managed six assists in that span.

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  • Penguins' Emil Bemstrom: Ends goal drought

    Bemstrom scored a goal in the third period during Monday's 4-2 win over Nashville.

    Bemstrom's ice time has plummeted -- he's averaging just under nine minutes per game on the season, but he has been at 5:35 or less for the last four games. Fantasy managers won't find much opportunity for depth production here. Still, it's nice to see the Bemstrom tally after going six games without a point and collecting just a single goal with two assists in the 22 games prior to Monday's contest. He now has eight goals and 16 points through 56 games between the Penguins and the Blue Jackets this season.

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  • Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Opens scoring in big win

    Crosby had a power-play goal, an assist and seven shots in Monday's 4-2 win over the Predators.

    Crosby continued his late-season surge on Monday, with nine goals and 23 points over the last 12 games. At age 36, he continues to be a dominant force, accumulating 42 goals and 92 points through 81 contests.

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  • Penguins' Erik Karlsson: Scores goal in must-win game

    Karlsson scored a goal and added an assist in Monday's 4-2 win over the Predators.

    It's been an up-and-down season for Karlsson, who isn't anywhere close to the 101 points he posted last year. Still, as the Penguins push for a wild card spot, he has picked up the pace. Following a seven-game drought in March, he has posted three goals and nine points in the last seven contests.

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  • Penguins' Jansen Harkins: Taken off injured reserve

    Harkins (hand) has been taken off injured reserve ahead of Monday's game versus Nashville, per the NHL media site.

    Harkins will likely play in a bottom-six role against the Predators, with both Emil Bemstrom and Valtteri Puustinen candidates to be dropped from the lineup. Before suffering his hand injury, Harkins was stuck in an 18-game point drought, and he has yet to score a goal in 43 games this season.

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  • Penguins' Alex Nedeljkovic: Slated to start

    Nedeljkovic was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, per Penguins play-by-play announcer Josh Getzoff, putting him on track to guard the home goal versus the Predators on Monday.

    Nedeljkovic struggled in his last start Saturday against the Bruins, surrendering three goals on just 16 shots before being replaced by Tristan Jarry midway through the second period of the eventual 6-4 defeat. Nedeljkovic will try to get back in the win column and keep the Penguins' playoff hopes alive in a tough home matchup with a Nashville squad that's 24-13-3 on the road this year.

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  • Penguins' Jansen Harkins: Available against Preds

    Harkins (hand) is an option to face Nashville on Monday, Penguins play-by-play announcer Josh Getzoff reports.

    Harkins still needs to be activated from long-term injured reserve for him to get into the lineup against the Predators. If the winger suits up, it could come at the expense of Valtteri Puustinen or Radim Zohorna. Harkins has missed the last 19 games due to the hand injury.

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  • Penguins' Jansen Harkins: Recalled from conditioning loan

    Harkins (hand) was recalled from a conditioning stint with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday, per CapFriendly.

    Harkins has not yet been activated from long-term injured reserve and hasn't dressed in an NHL game since March 7. The 26-year-old has averaged 8:12 of ice time while tallying 73 hits and four points through 43 games with Pittsburgh this season.

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  • Penguins' Marcus Pettersson: Contributes helper

    Pettersson notched an assist, three blocked shots and two PIM in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Bruins.

    Pettersson snapped a four-game slump with the helper. The 27-year-old has had some productive moments this season, but he's often just a physical presence in a top-four role. For the season, he's generated a career-high 29 points with 104 shots on net, 120 hits, 156 blocked shots, 44 PIM and a plus-27 rating through 80 contests.

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  • Penguins' Lars Eller: Adds shorthanded assist

    Eller logged a shorthanded assist and went minus-2 in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Bruins.

    Eller set up a Drew O'Connor goal in the third period. The 34-year-old Eller hasn't shown a lot of consistency on offense, rarely getting on the scoresheet multiple games in a row. He's still managed 30 points (five on the power play, two shorthanded) with 151 shots on net, 55 blocked shots, 54 hits and a minus-2 rating through 80 contests in a third-line role.

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  • Penguins' Rickard Rakell: Offers helper Saturday

    Rakell notched an assist in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Bruins.

    Rakell is warm with three goals and three assists over his last eight contests. That increase in production has earned him a larger role in recent games. The streaky winger is at 36 points, 161 shots on goal, 109 hits and a plus-4 rating through 68 appearances this season, playing mainly on the second line.

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  • Penguins' Erik Karlsson: Earns assist in 1,000th game

    Karlsson posted a power-play assist, five shots on goal, two PIM and a minus-4 rating in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Bruins.

    Karlsson became the newest member of the 1,000-game club Saturday. His stat line was reflective of his career -- he generated some offense on the power play but struggled defensively. The 33-year-old has two goals and five assists over his last six appearances, which came on the heels of a seven-game slump. The defenseman is at 53 points (16 on the power play), 202 shots on net, 98 blocked shots, 44 PIM and a plus-3 rating through 80 contests this season.

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  • Penguins' Evgeni Malkin: Helps out on power play

    Malkin logged a power-play assist, two blocked shots, two PIM and a minus-2 rating in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Bruins.

    Malkin has racked up four goals and four assists over seven games in April, with just two of those points coming on the power play. The center is at 64 points (17 on the power play), 189 shots on net, 70 PIM and a plus-5 rating through 80 outings overall. Malkin won't come anywhere near his 83-point campaign from last season, but he's been steady as the second-line center while enjoying a second straight year of good health.

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  • Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Tacks on helper

    Crosby registered an assist and four hits in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Bruins.

    Crosby helped out on a Bryan Rust tally in the second period. The 36-year-old Crosby just reached 1,000 career assists Thursday versus the Red Wings, and he's not slowing down the Penguins in an intense battle for a playoff spot. The superstar center has 21 points over the last 11 games, and he's at 90 points, 268 shots on net, 98 hits and a plus-9 rating through 80 contests overall.

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  • Penguins' Bryan Rust: Lights lamp Saturday

    Rust scored a goal on seven shots in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Bruins.

    Rust has been in fine form over the last month, with 10 goals and nine assists over his past 16 contests. His tally got the Penguins on the board in the second period, but they weren't able to keep up with the Bruins' scoring frenzy in the middle frame. Rust has 28 goals, 55 points, 187 shots and a plus-12 rating through 60 contests this season. Despite another year marred by significant injury absences, he's just three points shy of matching his career high of 58 from the 2021-22 campaign with two contests remaining.

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  • Penguins' Drew O'Connor: Two-point effort in loss

    O'Connor scored a shorthanded goal on three shots, added an assist, went plus-2 and blocked two shots in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Bruins.

    O'Connor scored for a third straight game and earned his first multi-point effort since March 14. The 25-year-old's hard-working style has earned him looks in a top-line role, and he continues to pay off. He's up to 16 goals, 33 points, 158 shots on net, 53 hits, 57 blocked shots and a plus-14 rating through 77 outings overall. O'Connor has found another gear offensively in 2023-24 after earning just 17 points in 78 games across his first three seasons.

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  • Penguins' Michael Bunting: Gets back to 20-goal mark

    Bunting scored twice and went minus-2 in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Bruins.

    Bunting netted a power-play goal in the second period and scored late in the third, but it was too late to make a difference. The winger has four goals and five assists through seven outings in April. That surge has helped him get back to the 20-goal mark for the third time in four years. He's added 32 assists, 164 shots on net, 48 hits, 57 PIM and a minus-19 rating through 79 appearances between the Penguins and the Hurricanes.

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Team Statistical Rankings

GF AVG GA AVG Power Play
Team 3.04 2.97 14.6


Player Injury
R. Graves D Ryan Graves D Concussion
M. Nieto LW Matt Nieto LW Knee
N. Acciari C Noel Acciari C Lower Body

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