Florida came into this season with a 13-19-4-1 mark against the Penguins and captured the season series for the second time in 2001-02.
The Penguins are winless in their last 11 games (0-10-1) and have been outscored, 45-15 during their longest slide since going winless in 12 games in 1985.
Florida is 5-0-1-1 vs. the Penguins over the last two seasons and has outscored them, 14-3 in the first three meetings in 2002-03. Roberto Luongo has two of his six shutouts vs. Pittsburgh and made 28 saves in the Panthers’ 6-0 win on February 6, which was highlighted by Mario Lemieux’s first fighting major since 1987.
The Panthers come into Sunday’s game 10 points behind the New York Islanders for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff berth following a 4-1 setback at Boston Saturday, which dropped them to 3-7-1 in their last 11 games.
Pittsburgh, which last won on February 22 vs. St. Louis, fell to 0-6-1 in its last seven home games with Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. It also marked the ninth straight game the Penguins failed to score more than two goals.