A preview of the Hurricanes.
When and where: 7 p.m., EST, Consol Energy Center.
TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Carolina.
Record: 6-12-3, 15 points. The Hurricanes are in seventh place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.
Leading Scorer: Center Riley Nash, 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists).
Last Game: 1-0 road loss to the Panthers, Wednesday. Goaltender Cam Ward made 27 saves for the Hurricanes.
Last Game against the Penguins: 4-1 road win, April 1. Center Elias Lindholm (right) scored two goals for the Hurricanes.
Hurricanes Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Lindholm. He has three points in three career games against the Penguins.
Ex-Penguins on the Hurricanes: Zach Boychuk, LW; Ron Francis, general manager; Jordan Staal, C; Don Waddell, president.
Ex-Hurricanes on the Penguins: Craig Adams, RW; Jason Karmanos, vice president of hockey operations; Jim Rutherford, general manager; Mark Recchi, player development coach; Brandon Sutter, C.
Useless Hurricanes/Whalers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Rutherford is one of two people to serve as general manager of the Hurricanes/Whalers and the Penguins. Eddie Johnston is the other.
The last time the Penguins played the Hurricanes, this happened:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (13-3-1, 2.14 GAA, .924 SV%) for the Penguins. Cam Ward (6-8-1, 2.61 GAA, .907 SV%) for the Hurricanes.
Injuries: For the Penguins, right winger Beau Bennett (right knee) is out. Right winger Pascal Dupuis (blood clot) is on injured reserve. For the Hurricanes, defenseman Brett Bellemore ("lower body") and center Jordan Staal (broken leg) are on injured reserve.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
13 Nick Spaling - 87 Sidney Crosby - 72 Patric Hornqvist
14 Chris Kunitz - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 13 Blake Comeau
59 Jayson Megna - 16 Brandon Sutter - 23 Steve Downie
38 Zach Sill - 57 Marcel Goc - 27 Craig Adams
58 Kris Letang - 7 Paul Martin
10 Christian Ehrhoff - 3 Olli Maatta
41 Robert Bortuzzo - 4 Rob Scuderi
-The Hurricanes expected lines and defensive pairings are:
19 Jiri Tlusty - 12 Eric Staal - 16 Elias Lindholm
14 Nathan Gerbe - 20 Riley Nash - 28 Alexander Semin
53 Jeff Skinner - 49 Victor Rask - 15 Andrej Nestrasil
18 Jay McClement - 39 Patrick Dwyer
4 Andrej Sekera - 27 Justin Faulk
65 Ron Hainsey - 26 John-Michael Liles
6 Tim Gleason - 47 Michal Jordan
44 Jay Harrison
-Comeau has 97 career assists.
-Semin has 499 career points.
-"I just made the decision to go to Carolina and it’s been a good decision." - Hurricanes coach Bill Peters on declining the Penguins' head coaching job in favor of Carolina's.
-The referees are Frederick L'Ecuyer (No. 17) and Kevin Pollock (No. 33). The linesmen are Trent Knorr (No. 63) and Derek Armell (No. 75).
-Our live blog begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.
(Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)