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Goalie nods: Fleury looks to push Pens’ winning streak to five games

The Pittsburgh Penguins have a luxury they probably won’t be able to afford much longer, but they’ll take it while they can get it.

The Pens are without starting goalie Matt Murray, again, except unlike other teams, they have a backup goalie who could be a starter on many other teams.

Marc-Andre Fleury will make his 25th appearance of the season, as the Penguins try to push their winning streak to five games.

They’ll look to do so in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Pittsburgh hasn’t played since they beat Montreal 4-3 in OT on Dec. 31, so it’ll be interesting to see if they come out of the gate rusty or fresh.

As for the Bolts, their 4-2 loss to the Flyers yesterday afternoon was their third straight defeat.

Andrei Vasilevskiy will get the nod for the Bolts.

Elsewhere…

–Zane McIntyre will start for the Bruins, while the ‘Canes have confirmed that they’ll go with Cam Ward.

Michal Neuvirth made a successful return to the Flyers’ lineup yesterday afternoon, so Steve Mason is expected to get the start tonight. Sergei Bobrovsky should be between the pipes for the Blue Jackets.

–The Chicago Blackhawks will start Corey Crawford against the Predators. Nashville has yet to name a starting goaltender for this game.

–The Oilers are looking for their third straight win, and they’ll do so with backup Jonas Gustavsson in goal. The Senators will give Mike Condon a second start in two nights.

Devan Dubnyk will likely be between the pipes for the Minnesota Wild. John Gibson will look to win his fourth straight game for the Ducks. You can watch this game on NBCSN or you can get an online feed by clicking here.

Fight video: Flyers’ Manning vs. Penguins’ Gaunce

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Breaking: the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers don’t like each other.

The stakes might be higher for the Penguins than the Flyers – aside from those who still believe Philly has a shot at a playoff run – their rivalry rarely subsides.

With that in mind, it’s no surprise that Sunday featured at least one fight, with Cameron Gaunce squaring off against Brandon Manning in a pretty spirited bout.

Manning isn’t shy about fighting, by the way; this was his seventh bout of the season, according to Hockey Fights.

Higher on the radar for the Penguins is the situation for Conor Sheary, who has been absent from the ice since about midway through the first period. PHT will keep an eye out for updates on what could be yet another injury for the health-challenged Pens.

Dreading the work week? Watch this dog get ‘ice time’ with puck

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Life is difficult, complex and confusing. Good thing we have dog videos.

Forgive this video being one night late, but for those of us who watch cute animal clips, time is a furry circle. Or something like that.

Anyway, this golden retriever got a little “ice time” before the Washington Capitals’ game against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday in what would end up being a 4-1 win for the Caps. It’s an excellent video featuring a top-notch, hilarious pooch.

Alternate joke: Now that is some puck retrieval.

Patrik Laine’s out sick for Jets on Sunday

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Patrik Laine and Auston Matthews are locked with identical goals (34), assists (27) and points (61) on Sunday, which is remarkable since Laine has played in 67 games versus 75 for Matthews. He won’t get a chance to beef up his numbers on Sunday, either.

It looks like the high-scoring rookie is missing the Winnipeg Jets’ contest against the Vancouver Canucks because of an illness, according to TSN’s Sara Orlesky.

The Jets are almost assured to miss the playoffs, so seeing Laine lose a chance to bolster his Calder argument adds a little extra sadness to the night.

NHL schedules hearing for Micheal Haley’s sucker-punch on Calle Jarnkrok

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The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced a Monday hearing for San Jose Sharks tough guy Micheal Haley for his “roughing/sucker punch” on Calle Jarnkrok of the Nashville Predators.

The league didn’t specify if Haley will face a telephone or in-person hearing on Monday afternoon. They did, interestingly, use the phrase “sucker punch” in that official announcement.

Haley received a match penalty during the game. Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer was highly upset about the hit that inspired Haley’s actions.

“When you run someone from behind in a game like that, you probably deserve to get a punch in the mouth,” DeBoer told reporters.

In other bad news for the Sharks, CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz reports that Logan Couture‘s situation isn’t looking promising after he was hurt on Sunday.