Tuesday's games: Points to watch

October, 11, 2011
10/11/11
3:16
PM ET

What to watch for in tonight's slate of NHL games:

Panthers at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. ET

  • The Penguins traveled 4,565.5 miles over a three-game road trip to start the season before Tuesday’s home opener (from Pittsburgh to Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton and back to Pittsburgh).
  • Defenseman Kris Letang leads Penguins with four points.
  • The Penguins have five power-play goals so far this season (they scored eight power-play goals in 12 October games last season).
  • The Penguins are 7-1-0 against the Panthers since 2009-10.
  • The Panthers are off to a 2-0-0 start; the last time they did that was in 2005-06.
  • Panthers goalie Jose Theodore has a 19-4-3 career record against the Penguins and is 8-1-1 in Pittsburgh. His last regulation loss in Pittsburgh was on Jan. 24, 2001.

Wild at Senators, 7:30 p.m. ET

  • The Senators are trying to avoid their first 0-3-0 start in franchise history. They were winless in their first three games last season (0-2-1).
  • Sens forward Daniel Alfredsson last scored at home on Dec. 13, 2010; he was limited to 54 games last season with a back injury which required offseason surgery.
  • Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson allowed 11 goals in the first two games this season.
  • Wild forward Matt Cullen has a goal in each of his first two games; had had no goals in his previous 24 contests.
  • The Senators have won five straight against the Wild; their last loss against Minnesota was on March 16, 2004.

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