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Penguins aim to halt three-game winless streak versus Predators

The Nashville Predators have eyes on the Central Division title, even as they step out of their conference Thursday to host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Nashville (42-27-5, 89 points), which sits second in the Central, has won three straight games and is 5-2 since a loss March 1 to Winnipeg, the team the Predators are chasing for a division title.

"To be honest, I think guys are just starting to work harder as a team," Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis said. "Everyone. All five guys on the ice. ... As you get into playoffs, everyone is going to have to do the little things, whether it be blocking shots, good stick lifts, taking hits to make plays. Whatever it is, everyone's got to do it. I think the last three games have been a good sign of that."

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Leaders
Points: S. Crosby93
Plus/Minus: B. Dumoulin27
Shots on Goal: S. Crosby201
PIM: E. Malkin89
Win: M. Murray24
Shutouts: M. Murray4
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 250 (5)
Shots: 2436 (5)
PP%: 25.1% (5)
Penalty Minutes: 635 (14)
Assists: 421 (6)
SH Goals: 10 (4)
Standings
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
Washington 43 23 7 93
NY Islanders 42 24 7 91
Pittsburgh 39 24 11 89
Carolina 40 25 7 87
Columbus 40 29 4 84
Philadelphia 35 30 8 78
NY Rangers 28 32 13 69
New Jersey 27 38 9 63
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 220 (15)
Shots Against: 2480 (3)
PK%: 80.6% (15)
Penalty Minutes: 592 (19)
Shutouts: 7 (6)
Sv%: 0.911 (6)
Injuries
Date Player Status
3/17 E. Malkin Upper-body injury (day-to-day)
3/10 Z. Aston-Reese Lower-body injury (day-to-day)
2/26 C. Ruhwedel Upper-body injury (day-to-day)
2/12 O. Maatta Upper-body injury (IR)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
3/20 A. Johnson Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
3/20 J. Riikola Sent to minors Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
3/20 J. Blandisi Sent to minors Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
3/11 J. Blandisi Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
3/11 J. Lucchini Signed as Free Agent One-year, entry-level contract
3/9 J. Almeida Signed Three-year, entry-level contract
3/2 J. Drozg Signed Three-year, entry-level contract
2/27 T. Blueger Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
2/25 Z. Trotman Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
2/25 T. Blueger Sent to minors Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
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