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Ducks Vs. Penguins Game Preview

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will look to lead Pittsburgh to their seventh straight win at home on Wednesday night as they host the Anaheim Ducks.

The Pittsburgh Penguins sit on top of the of the Eastern Conference despite being without Sidney Crosby for much of the season. Evgeni Malkin has taken up the reins in Crosby's absence to lead the Penguins to six straight home wins, all the while coming in second in scoring in the NHL on the season so far. Thanks to two goals against the Lightning in their last game, Malkin has scored 17 goals in the past 17 games.

Meanwhile, the Anaheim Ducks are looking to snap a four game losing streak in Pittsburgh. The Ducks have not won in Pittsburgh since 2001 when they beat the Penguins 4-2. The Ducks are in the middle of an eight game road trip, winning two of their first three road games and winning two in a row.

For more on the Pittsburgh Penguins, visit SB Nation's Penguins blog PensBurgh. For more on the Anaheim Ducks, visit SB Nation's Ducks blog Anaheim Calling and SB Nation Los Angeles.

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