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Cats square off against the defending champs

NHL: Florida Panthers at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers (2-1-0 4P) at Penguins (2-2-1 5P)

  • WHEN: 7:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 6:30ish
  • WHERE: PPG Paints Arena - Pittsburgh, PA
  • ON THE TUBE: FOX Sports Florida, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
  • ON THE DIAL: 880 WZAB (D/B), 640 WMEN (PB), 1370 WAXE (TC), Thunder 100.3 (Keys)
  • SOCIALS: #FlaPanthers, #LetsGoPens, #FLAvsPIT, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Pensburgh
  • SB NATION: Game Feature Hub
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 1 of 3 (0-0-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs PIT (RS): 36W-37L-40T 7OTL 4SOL 240GF 253GA
  • ALL-TIME at PIT (RS): 13W-20L-3T 4OTL 4SOL 113GF 135GA
  • LAST MEETING: Host PIT 4, FLA 0 - (Recap) - 3/19/2017
  • NEXT MEETING: October 20, 2017
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Reimer (1-0-0 .867/4.05 0SO) vs Murray (2-0-1 .885/3.36 1SO)
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Pittsburgh

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Scouting Report:

Perhaps the Pittsburgh Penguins' confidence is practically built in after winning back-to-back Stanley Cups.

On Saturday night at PPG Paints Arena, the Penguins will be facing a club that has boosted its confidence under a first-year coach based on what has happened early in the season.

The Florida Panthers (2-1-0) have scored 13 goals in their first three games, a franchise-record start on offense. They have piled up a whopping 122 shots. Their wins have come against projected contender Tampa Bay and previously undefeated St. Louis. Their loss was against the Lightning.

The Penguins are likely to go with No. 1 goaltender Matt Murray after Antti Niemi played in Thursday's 5-4 loss at Tampa Bay.

Both of Pittsburgh's regulation losses have come on the road in the second half of back-to-back sets. After the loss to the Lightning, the Penguins overnighted in Tampa and flew home Friday, taking a day off from practice. (More via AP)

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Saturday in the Atlantic (Standings/Panthers Playoff Chances):

  • TORONTO (3-1-0 6P) at MONTREAL (1-3-0 2P) 7 p.m.
  • St. Louis (4-1-0 8P) at TAMPA BAY (3-1-0 6P) 7 p.m.
  • BOSTON (1-2-0 2P) at Arizona (0-3-1 1P) 9 p.m.
  • OTTAWA (2-0-2 6P) at Edmonton (1-2-0 2P) 10 p.m.
  • BUFFALO (0-3-1 1P) at Los Angeles (2-0-1 5P) 10:30 p.m.
  • Idle: DET (8P)

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