Tonight in the NHL: Penguins visit slumping Jets

Tonight in the NHL: Penguins visit slumping Jets
February 15, 2013, 11:45 am
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The Flyers visit the New Jersey Devils on Friday night as they continue their six-game road trip (see game notes).  

With four games remaining on their road trip, the Flyers still have a chance to gain ground in the standings (see story).

Here is a look at the other games around the NHL tonight:

Penguins at Jets, 7 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Penguins visit Winnipeg as they look to avenge their Jan. 25 loss to the Jets.

In their previous 18 meetings, the Penguins had gone 15-3 while outscoring the Jets franchise, 73-43, before their 4-2 loss to Winnipeg a few weeks ago.

Pittsburgh's James Neal was held scoreless despite totaling five goals and two assists in the three previous matchups against the Jets. Neal currently leads the Penguins with 10 goals.

Sidney Crosby is currently on a five-game point streak that includes eight goals and eight assists.

The Jets enter the game having lost five of their past seven games, including a 3-2 loss to the Flyers on Tuesday.

Bruins at Sabres, 7 p.m.
The Boston Bruins visit the Buffalo Sabres as they look to extend their five-game road winning streak on Friday.

Boston's Brad Marchand seems to enjoy matching up against the Sabres. He has eight goals in 15 career games against Buffalo.

Since the Sabres' back-to-back wins to open the season, they have gone 3-8-1. Despite recent struggles, Thomas Vanek is one of the few bright spots as he leads the NHL with 11 goals and 23 points.

The two teams last met on Sunday, when the Bruins came away with a 3-1 victory thanks to third-period goals from Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic.

Sharks at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.
Since opening the season with a franchise-best 7-0 record, the Sharks are in the midst of a six-game losing sterak, including a 5-3 loss to Chicago on Feb. 5.

The Sharks have had difficulty scoring goals during their losing streak, as they have been outscored 15-7.

While the Sharks have struggled, Chicago has been thriving -- the Blackhawks are the only team in the NHL without a loss in regulation.

Chicago will have Ray Emery in the net against the Sharks. He has won his last two starts against San Jose while stopping 57 of 60 shots.