A preview of the Hurricanes.
When and where: 7 p.m. EST. PNC Center.
TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), Fox Sports Carolina (Raleigh, N.C. market), NHL Network (rest of the United States).
Record: 9-8-1, 19 points. The Hurricanes are in third place in the Eastern Conference and first place in the Southeast Division
Leading Scorer: Eric Staal, 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists).
Last Game: 3-0 road loss to the Capitals, Tuesday. Cam Ward made 37 saves for the Hurricanes
Last Game against the Penguins: 2-1 road loss, Jan. 17, 2012. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves for the Penguins.
Hurricanes Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Jordan Staal (right). He's never scored a goal against the Penguins so he has to be due, right?
Ex-Penguins on the Hurricanes: Tim Brent, C; Ron Francis, vice president of operations; Jim Rutherford, general manager; Jordan Staal, C; Tim Wallace, RW.
Ex-Hurricanes on the Penguins: Craig Adams, RW; Zach Boychuk, LW; Brandon Sutter, C.
Useless Hurricanes Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Jordan Staal (2006) is one of five former Penguins first-round draft picks to play for the Hurricanes/Whalers franchise. The others are Pierre Laroche (1974), Blaine Stoughton (1973), Garry Swain (1968) and Zarley Zalapski (1986).
Best Hurricanes/Whalers Video We Could Find: Jordan Staal, then of the Penguins, scoring a shorthanded goal against Cam Ward last season:
-That is might be more of a pro-Penguins video.
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (10-4-0, 2.27 GAA, .916 SV%) for the Hurricanes. Cam Ward (6-6-1, 3.15 GAA, .900 SV%) for the Hurricanes.
Injuries: For the Penguins, center Evgeni Malkin (concussion) is on injured reserve. For the Hurricanes, defenseman Joni Pitkanen ("lower body") is on injured reserve. Left winger Tuomo Ruutu (hip) is on the injured non-roster list after undergoing hip surgery during the lockout.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins primary lines and defensive pairing at today's morning skate (PG+):
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby -18 James Neal
24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 9 Pascal Dupuis
19 Beau Bennett - 15 - Dustin Jeffrey - 48 Tyler Kennedy
10 - Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams
2 Matt Niskanen - 58 Kris Letang
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
5 Deryk Engelland - 41 Robert Bortuzzo
-The Hurricanes' primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
19 Jiri Tlusty - 11 Eric Staal - 28 Alexander Semin
53 Jeff Skinner - 12 Jordan Staal - 59 Chad LaRose
20 Riley Nash - 36 Jussi Jokinen - 39 Patrick Dwyer
29 Tim Wallace - 37 Tim Brent - 21 Drayson Bowman
27 Justin Faulk - 44 Jay Harrison
77 Joe Corvo - 4 Jamie McBain
6 Tim Gleason - 24 Bobby Sanguinetti
-The last time the Penguins played the Hurricanes, this happened:
-So did this:
-Jordan Staal and Brandon Sutter used to play for the Hurricanes and Penguins respectively. You may have heard.
-Fleury has 22 career shutouts. He needs one more to surpass goaltender Tom Barrasso for most in franchise history.
-Goaltender Tomas Vokoun had 49 career shutouts.
-The Penguins' power play has scored in 12 consecutive games.
-Skinner, Brent, Gleason and McBain are all returning to the lineup after recovering from injuries. With their return, the Hurricanes assigned defenseman Michal Jordan and forward Jeremy Welsh to Charlotte of the AHL.
-"I'm basically just trying to stay ready, trying to stay in shape. If my name gets called to play, if there's an injury or if they want to change things up, I'm going to be ready." - Boychuk on being a healthy scratch as of late.
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(Photo: Grant Halverson/Getty Images)