A preview of the Hurricanes.
When and where: 7 p.m., EST, Raleigh Sports and Entertainment Arena RBC Center PNC Arena.
TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Carolina, TVA.
Record: 18-18-7, 43 points. The Hurricanes are in seventh place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.
Leading Scorer: Defenseman Justin Faulk, 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists).
Last Game: 4-3 overtime road win against the Blue Jackets Saturday. Center Jordan Staal had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes.
Last Game against the Penguins: 2-1 road win Dec. 19. Goaltender Cam Ward (right) made 37 saves for the Hurricanes.
Hurricanes Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Center Eric Staal. He has 44 points in 43 career games against the Penguins.
Ex-Penguins on the Hurricanes: Pro scout Jeff Daniels, general manager Ron Francis, Jordan Staal.
Ex-Hurricanes on the Penguins: Center Matt Cullen, defenseman Brian Dumoulin (Doumoulin was a former Hurricanes draft pick but never played for the organization), vice president of hockey operations Jason Karmanos, player development coach Mark Recchi, general manager Jim Rutherford.
Useless Hurricanes Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: The last team to score a power-play goal against the Penguins was the Hurricanes. They scored each of their goals Dec. 19 on the power play. Since then, the Penguins have killed 25 consecutive opposing power plays.
The last time the Penguins played the Hurricanes, this happened:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (15-11-3, 2.24 GAA, .928 SV%) for the Penguins. Cam Ward (13-11-4, 2.42 GAA, .905 SV%) for the Hurricanes.
Injuries: For the Penguins, right wingers Beau Bennett ("upper body") and Pascal Dupuis (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Hurricanes, center Victor Rask ("upper body") is probable. Left winger Phil Di Giuseppe (concussion) is out. Left winger Nathan Gerbe (ankle) and defenseman James Wisniewski (knee) are on injured reserve.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins lines and pairings at today's morning skate were:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 39 David Perron
72 Patric Hornqvist - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 81 Phil Kessel
34 Tom Kuhnhackl - 13 Nick Bonino - 17 Bryan Rust
11 Kevin Porter - 7 Matt Cullen - 16 Eric Fehr
58 Kris Letang - 3 Olli Maatta
8 Brian Dumoulin - 12 Ben Lovejoy
6 Trevor Daley - 28 Ian Cole
-According to the the team's Web site, the Hurricanes' lines and pairings at today's morning skate were:
32 Kris Versteeg - 12 Eric Staal - 16 Elias Lindholm
42 Joakim Nordstrom - 11 Jordan Staal - 15 Andrej Nestrasil
53 Jeff Skinner - 49 Victor Rask - 23 Brock McGinn
20 Riley Nash - 16 Jay McClement - 24 Brad Malone
26 John-Michael Liles - 27 Justin Faulk
74 Jaccob Slavin - 65 Rony Hainsey
5 Noah Hanifin - 54 Brett Pesce
-General manager Jim Rutherford still keeps tabs on his former team, the Hurricanes.
-Rask is expected to return to the lineup after missing two games due to injury.
-The referees are (No. 13) Dan O'Halloran and (No. 47) Trevor Hanson. The linesmen are (No. 89) Steve Miller and (No. 84) Tony Sericolo.
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