Who: Pittsburgh Penguins (13-10-6; 32 points, 4th in Metropolitan Division) @ Chicago Blackhawks (9-18-3, 8th in Central Division, last in NHL)
When: 8:00 p.m. ET
How to Watch: National game on NBCSN
Opponent Track: It’s ugly. Very ugly. Chicago has lost 8 in a row, including a game just last night on the road in Winnipeg 6-3. In the last 11 games dating Wholesale jerseys
back to November 18th, Chicago has been in the lead all of 41 seconds. This season is a nightmare, and it’s not relenting.
Pens Refresh: The Pens won in New York 2-1 (shootout) to bring them up to 1-0-1 on this short three game road trip that concludes tonight.
Season series: This the first of the two out of conference matchups. The teams will meet in Pittsburgh on Sunday January 6th in a couple of weeks for the other game.
SBN Team Counterpart: Second City Hockey
—Anywhere you look, it’s just bad, bad, bad for the Blackhawks. They have the worst power play in the league. They have the 2nd worst penalty kill in the league. They’re giving up 3.75 goals per game. They’re in the bottom third of the league for 5v5 shooting and 5v5 stopping shots.
—The only sign of hope is they’re still getting a ton of shots and actually have a 50%+ Corsi for percentage. But even then, since they are literally always playing from behind (often times by multiple goals) this is probably more about score effects of the other team taking their foot off the gas rather than evidence of a good process by Chicago.