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Minnesota Wild vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Preview and Predictions 01-14-2020


The Sidney Crosby watch has been on high alert even though the Pittsburgh Penguins have held up superbly in the absence of their superstar captain. After completing a sweep of a three-game road trip on Sunday, the big question in the Steel City is whether Crosby will be in the lineup when the Penguins host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

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Crosby has been sidelined for 28 games while recuperating from core muscle surgery but rejoined the team for practice on the road trip, which concluded with Pittsburgh's 4-3 shootout victory in Arizona. "Guys are competing, we're finding different ways to win," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said after his team won for the 14th time in 18 games (14-3-1) to climb into second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Wild dug themselves out of an early-season hole with an 11-game point streak but they are heading in the wrong direction again, losing three straight and five of six (1-4-1). "We looked at January as a homestand, and we haven't really done much (with) it. It's frustrating," forward Marcus Foligno said. "We can still salvage it and get it back before the All-Star break, to make something out of it."

TIME: 7 p.m. ET. TV: NBC Sports Network, AT&T Sportsnet-Pittsburgh

ABOUT THE WILD (20-19-6): Minnesota dropped into a tie with Chicago for last place in the Central Division after managing only one goal in each of its past two losses while failing to convert on all seven power-play opportunities, including 0-for-5 in Sunday's 4-1 setback to Vancouver. "We didn't get beat. We beat ourselves in a lot of categories," Foligno said. "It seems like a lot of losses like that have happened this year where we beat ourselves." Foligno has been on a tear with four goals over his last four games.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS (28-12-5): Defenseman Kris Letang was named the captain for the Metropolitan Division for the All-Star Game, replacing Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, who has decided to bypass the contest. Evgeni Malkin, who has taken over Crosby's spot on the No. 1 line since his injury, collected a pair of assists at Arizona to give him five points during a three-game streak and 30 over his last 19 contests. Malkin also has had his way against the Wild with seven goals and 16 points in 14 meetings.

OVERTIME

1. Penguins G Tristan Jarry is 9-3-1 with a 1.75 goals-against average at home.

2. Wild F Zach Parise, mired in a 10-game goal drought, has 17 tallies and 40 points in 53 games versus Pittsburgh.

3. Penguins F Patric Hornqvist has scored five goals in the last seven games.

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Last Injuries

Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Casey DeSmith

    Personal
    Out indefinitely | out

    DeSmith has been unavailable due to a passport issue, and it is undetermined when he will be able to play again.

  • Justin Schultz

    Lower Body
    Late Jan | I-R

    Schultz has been shifted to the injured reserve list with a lower-body injury, and he is likely to be out until at least the end of January.

  • Nick Bjugstad

    Abdominal
    Late Jan | I-R

    Bjugstad has landed on injured reserve after having core muscle surgery, and he is expected to miss at least eight weeks.

  • Sidney Crosby

    Hernia
    Prob Tues | probable

    Crosby has been activated from the injured reserve after core muscle surgery. It is expected that he will return to action Tuesday versus the Wild.

  • Jake Guentzel

    Shoulder
    Early June | I-R

    Guentzel has been placed on the injured reserve list after shoulder surgery and is expected to be sidelined four to six months.

  • Sam Lafferty

    Illness
    Prob Tues | probable

    Lafferty has sat out the past two games due to illness, but he is expected to face the Golden Knights on Tuesday.

Minnesota Wild

  • Brad Hunt

    Illness
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Hunt has been absent from the lineup during the previous two games due to an illness, and it is unknown if he will face the Panthers on Monday.

  • Mikko Koivu

    Illness
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Koivu is battling an illness, and it is unclear if he will be available to play Monday against the Panthers.

  • Greg Pateryn

    Hernia
    Prob Sun | probable

    Pateryn is on injured reserve while recovering from surgery to repair a bilateral core muscle. He suffered a setback in his recovery but has been activated to play. He will rejoin the lineup for Sunday's matchup against the Canucks.

  • Jason Zucker

    Leg
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Zucker is recovering from surgery to repair a fractured right fibula, and it is unclear if he will return to face the Canucks on Sunday.

  • Devan Dubnyk

    Personal
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Dubnyk has been granted a leave of absence while his wife is undergoing a medical procedure. He has been placed on injured reserve and is without a timetable for return.

  • Ryan Suter

    Undisclosed
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Suter is battling an unspecified ailment but is likely to suit up against the Flames on Thursday.

  • Brad Hunt

    Nose
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Hunt is on the mend from a sinus procedure and is expected to suit up for Thursday's matchup versus the Flames.

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