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Penguins/Thrashers preview - 12/18:  Fleury returns tonight

Penguins at Thrashers, 7 PM ET, Philips Arena

Season records: 

Penguins, 16-10-4, 36 pts., 7th in Eastern Conference
Thrashers, 10-16-4, 24 pts, 13th in Eastern Conference

Season series:  2nd meeting, Penguins lead series 1-0

Last game vs. Thrashers:  Penguins def. Thrashers, 3-2, Nov. 20th.

Last game results:  Flyers def. Penguins, 6-3, Dec. 13thThrashers def. Senators, 4-1, Dec. 16th.

Special teams rankings: 

Powerplay:  Penguins 18.3% (T-16th), Thrashers 19.4% (10th)
Penalty Kill:  Penguins 82.0% (13th), Thrashers 72.4% (30th)

Probable goaltender rankings:

SV%:  Penguins - Marc-Andre Fleury .907 (23rd), Thrashers - Ondrej Pavelec .897 (n/a)
GAA:  Penguins - Marc-Andre Fleury 2.86 (28th), Thrashers - Ondrej Pavelec 3.16 (n/a)

Notes:
- Marc-Andre Fleury will return tonight in goal for the Penguins.
- Jeff Taffe and Ryan Stone were recalled in the latest round of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Musical Chairs.
- The Thrashers have a 10-19-4 record in 33 all-time meetings with the Penguins, including an 6-9-2 mark in 17 games played at Philips Arena.
- Miroslav Satan has posted 43 points (23G-20A) in 32 games against the Atlanta Thrashers, while Sidney Crosby has 16 points (6G-10A) in 11 career games.
- The Penguins will play their next 10 games against Eastern Conference opponents. They do not play a Western Conference team until January 8 when they face the Nashville Predators.
- Rob Scuderi will be playing in his 250th career game tonight.

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