Skidding Canadiens face uphill battle vs. streaking Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins, who host the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, have been known for their offensive punch in recent years, but lately it’s their defense that has shined. Beginning with their 6-0 drubbing of the Canadiens on Nov. 18 in Montreal, the Penguins have allowed 19 goals in 12 games (1.6 per game) and are 9-2-1, including a current four-game winning streak. Their overall figure of 2.44 goals a game allowed ranks among the NHL leaders.