WATCH LIVE: Blackhawks host Penguins on Wednesday Night Hockey
NBCSN’s coverage of the 2018-19 NHL season continues as the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday Night Hockey with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.
This matchup features two teams that have combined to win 6 of the last 10 Stanley Cups, but are both currently outside of playoff position. The Penguins are in the mix though – they enter Wednesday night ninth in the Eastern Conference, and have a chance to move into a top-3 Metropolitan Division spot tonight. Chicago is last in the NHL with 23 points.
After losing 6-3 in Winnipeg on Tuesday, the Blackhawks enter tonight having lost eight straight in regulation. That stands in contrast to their current eight-game winning streak against the Penguins. The last Pittsburgh win over Chicago came on March 30, 2014.
This is the second time this season that the Blackhawks have lost eight in a row, and Tuesday’s loss means they’ve won only three times in their last 22 games (3-16-3). Once again, the team was doomed by a slow start, getting out-shot 14-0 to start the game and falling behind 3-0 after the 1st period. Chicago did eventually cut the deficit to 4-3, but Winnipeg added 2 more goals in the 3rd to seal it.
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From Oct. 30 to Nov. 19, the Penguins went 1-7-2 and were in last place in the East. But since then, they’ve gone 6-2-2 (including 3-0-1 in their past four) to vault up the standings.
Their latest win (2-1 shootout win over the Islanders on Monday) came with some drama, as Derick Brassard – who was moved up to Sidney Crosby’s line to ignite a struggling offense in the 3rd period – tied the game off an assist from Jake Guentzel. Guentzel later scored the decisive tally in the shootout on his first career shootout attempt.
“I think it was good for Brass,” said Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan. “He’s such a gifted player. He’s playing a different role on this team than he has on all the other teams he’s played on. I’m trying to find more ways to keep him involvedand maximize what he brings to this team because I think he’s a unique player.”
What: Pittsburgh Penguins at Chicago Blackhawks
Where: United Center
When: Wednesday, December 12th, 7 p.m. ET
Live stream: You can watch the Penguins-Blackhawks stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.
Derick Brassard - Sidney Crosby - Jake Guentzel
Tanner Pearson - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel
Zach Aston-Reese - Riley Sheahan - Bryan Rust
Derek Grant - Matt Cullen - Jean-Sebastien Dea
Brian Dumoulin - Kris Letang
Olli Maatta - Jamie Oleksiak
Marcus Pettersson - Jack Johnson
Starting goalie: Casey DeSmith
Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Dominik Kahun
Dylan Sikura - David Kampf - Brendan Perlini
Alex DeBrincat - Dylan Strome - Patrick Kane
John Hayden - Marcus Kruger - Andreas Martinsen
Duncan Keith - Henri Jokiharju
Brandon Manning - Brent Seabrook
Connor Murphy - Carl Dahlstrom
Starting goalie: Corey Crawford