The Pittsburgh Penguins have relied on their prolific offense to get out of a couple of recent jams. It would appear unlikely that they'll get stuck in another one Friday night.
The red-hot Penguins continue their western Canadian road trip with a matchup against the Edmonton Oilers' league-worst defense.
Pittsburgh (32-12-1) used a pair of comebacks to improve to 17-3-0 in its last 20. The Penguins scored twice in the final period Sunday in a 6-5 win over Winnipeg but had a far more dramatic rally in the opener to the trip Tuesday against Vancouver.
"You don't want to put yourself in that position. It that happens, if you're faced with that, you need to find ways to get out of it," Crosby said.
The Penguins, averaging 3.18 goals, have scored 15 times during a three-game win streak with the final two victories coinciding with the returns of Evgeni Malkin and Letang from injuries.
Malkin has three goals and an assist in those games, and Pittsburgh has won its last nine when he's been in the lineup. He has eight goals and 10 assists during that streak and nine goals and 26 assists in his last 21 games.
Crosby has 11 goals and 23 assists in the last 20 games and nine goals and 11 assists in the last 14 road contests.
The Oilers, last in the Western Conference, wouldn't appear poised to slow him or the rest of the East-leading Penguins down. Edmonton (14-27-5) has given up 25 goals during a 1-3-2 stretch and its 159 allowed are easily the most in the league.
After topping Tampa Bay 5-3 on Sunday, the Oilers gave up three goals in the second period to visiting St. Louis on Tuesday en route to a 5-2 defeat.
Edmonton was stingier in Pittsburgh on Oct. 15 but couldn't get enough scoring in a 3-2 loss. The game was tied at 2-all before Malkin put the Penguins ahead with a power-play goal with 12:40 remaining.
"You've obviously got to focus on a couple of players (Crosby and Malkin)," Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins said. "You've got to be aware when they're on the ice. Individually, those guys can just crush you."
Malkin has six points in four career games against the Oilers, but the goal in October is his lone one in the series. Crosby has zero goals and seven assists in five career meetings with Edmonton.
The Oilers are one of four teams that the NHL scoring leader hasn't tallied a goal against. Chicago, San Jose and St. Louis are the others.
Chris Kunitz has three goals and an assist in his last three games against Edmonton. The Penguins are 5-0-1 in their last six versus the Oilers, falling 2-1 in a shootout in their most recent trip to Edmonton on Oct. 9, 2011.
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