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Penguins at Blues Preview

St.Louis desperate for points in wildcard hunt against defending Cup Champions

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at St. Louis Blues Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins (35-13-5) head to St.Louis to take on the Blues (25-21-5) in their last regular season matchup. The Penguins are on the wrong side of a back-to-back, having played last night against Columbus. Marc-André Fleury will likely get the start, which isn't surprising considering that Murray got the nod against the Blue Jackets.

The Pens, while dealing with the fatigue factor, will still be formidable, and Allen will be tested early and often. One of the recurring themes for the Blues this season are nasty losses following emotional or energetic wins. While we're on the topic of reoccurring problems, the Blues simply cannot put the Penguins on the power play. Pittsburgh's 4th in the league on the man advantage, and St.Louis will get torched early if they take boneheaded penalties.

Most of the league is playing tonight as well, and if you've started to scoreboard watch when it comes to games with Central Division or wildcard implications, Detroit's playing Nashville, Dallas is facing off against Chicago, and Minnesota has a late west coast game against Vancouver.

Stats!

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Projected Lineup:

Forwards

Alexander Steen - Paul Stastny - David Perron

Jaden Schwartz - Jori Lehtera - Vladimir Tarasenko

Robby Fabbri - Patrik Berglund - Ryan Reaves

Scottie Upshall - Ivan Barbashev - Nail Yakupov

Defense

Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo

Carl Gunnarsson - Kevin Shattenkirk

Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko

Goalie

Jake Allen

[NHL.com]