Montreal (30-21-7) at Pittsburgh (27-25-6), 7:00 pm EST
PITTSBURGH (Ticker) — The Montreal Canadiens are hoping to hang
on to a playoff spot. The Pittsburgh Penguins are just looking
to stay in the race.
The Penguins will seek their first win under new interim coach
Dan Bylsma on Thursday, when they host the struggling Canadiens.
Bylsma, who replaced fired Michel Therrien, was unsuccessful in
his debut as Pittsburgh suffered a 3-2 shootout loss to the New
York Islanders on Monday.
The former coach at the Penguins’ AHL affiliate in
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Bylsma takes over a talented Penguins’
squad that made it to the Stanley Cup Finals last season. But
Pittsburgh has not lived up to its talent this campaign.
Despite a combined 46 goals and 155 points from All-Stars Evgeni
Malkin and captain Sidney Crosby, the Penguins sit in 10th place
in the Eastern Conference – six points out of the final
Montreal, which is 3-10-1 over its previous 14 contests, holds
the sixth spot in the East.
Andrei Kostitsyn scored a goal and set up another during
Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals.