A preview of the Hurricanes.
When and where: 7 p.m., EST, Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena RBC Center PNC Arena.
TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Ohio.
Record: 24-21-9, 57 points. The Hurricanes are in seventh place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.
Leading Scorer: Defenseman Justin Faulk, 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists).
Last Game: 2-1 road shootout loss to the Canadiens Sunday. Goaltender Cam Ward made 33 saves for the Hurricanes.
Last Game against the Penguins: 5-0 road loss Jan. 17. Goaltender Eddie Lack made 27 saves for the Hurricanes.
Hurricanes Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Center Eric Staal (right). He has 45 points in 46 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 (Domoulin 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: Cullen had secondary assists on the Hurricanes' first two goals in Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, a 3-1 win against the Oilers.
The last time the Penguins played the Hurricanes, this happened:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (21-13-5, 2.41 GAA, .920 SV%) for the Penguins. Cam Ward (15-11-6, 2.38 GAA, .908 SV%) for the Hurricanes.
Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Trevor Daley ("upper body") is probable. Center Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) is out. Right winger Beau Bennett (right shoulder), Pascal Dupuis (blood clots), centers Nick Bonino (hand), Eric Fehr ("lower body") and defenseman David Warsofsky (concussion) are on injured reserve. For the Hurricanes, defensman Justin Faulk (leg) is questionable. Defensemen Brett Pesce ("lower body") and James Wisniewski (knee) is on injured reserve.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' lines and pairings at today's morning skate are:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 72 Patric Hornqvist
62 Carl Hagelin - 7 Matt Cullen - 81 Phil Kessel
34 Tom Kuhnhackl - 40 Oskar Sundqvist - 17 Bryan Rust
43 Conor Sheary - 11 Kevin Porter- 23 Scott Wilson
58 Kris Letang - 3 Olli Maatta
6 Trevor Daley - 8 Brian Dumoulin
12 Ben Lovejoy - 51 Derrick Pouliot
-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 - 34 Phillip Di Giuseppe
14 Nathan Gerbe - 18 Jay McClement - 25 Chris Terry
74 Jaccob Slavin - 65 Ron Hainsey
26 John-Michael Liles - 54 Brett Pesce
5 Noah Hanifin - 47 Michal Jordan
-Right winger Patric Hornqvist has 297 career points.
-Rangers center Derek Stepan has 98 career goals.
-The referees are (No. 9) Dan O'Rourke and (No. 6) Francis Charron. The linesmen are (No. 76) Michel Cormier and (No. 82) Ryan Galloway.
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