Posted April 16, 2013 on AP on Fox
While the Pittsburgh Penguins close in on the top seed in the Eastern Conference despite dealing with multiple injuries, the second-place Montreal Canadiens have taken a step back since clinching a playoff berth. Host Pittsburgh seeks a fifth consecutive victory overall and sixth in seven meetings with Montreal on Wednesday night. Since dropping their first two games after NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby suffered a broken jaw March 30, the Penguins (32-10-0) have won four straight and lead the Canadiens by seven points atop the East. There's no timetable for Crosby's return, though he did skate in the last two practices. Pittsburgh also was without Evgeni Malkin in a 3-1 win at Florida on Saturday as he nurses an upper-body injury. Malkin participated in limited practice Tuesday and is questionable for this contest, while defenseman Paul Martin and forward James Neal remain out. ''I feel good,'' Malkin said. ''We have a couple days off and I have little bit of injury, but we s...
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