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About the Hurricanes - 04-09-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Hurricanes.

When and where: 7 p.m. EDT. PNC Center.

TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Carolina.

Record: 16-20-2, 34 points. The Hurricanes are in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and third place in the Southeast Division

Leading Scorer: Eric Staal (right), 41 points (16 goals, 25 assists).

Last Game: 6-2 road loss to the Bruins, last night. Dan Ellis made 28 saves for the Hurricanes

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-1 home win, Feb. 28. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 for the Penguins.

Hurricanes Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Staal. He has 33 points in 32 career games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Hurricanes: Tim Brent, C; Ron Francis, vice president of operations; Jim Rutherford, general manager; Jordan Staal, C.

Ex-Hurricanes on the Penguins: Craig Adams, RW; Jussi Jokinen, LW; Brandon Sutter, C.

Useless Hurricanes/Whalers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Brandon Sutter (2007) is one of four former Hurricanes/Whalers first-round draft picks who have played for the Penguins. The others are Zach Boychuk (2008), Ron Francis (1981) and Scott Young (1986).

Best Hurricanes/Whalers Video We Could Find: Jussi Jokinen scoring a game-winning goal with 0.2 seconds remaining in regulation in a 4-3 win against the Devils in Game 4 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series in 2009:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (19-6-0, 2.28 GAA, .918 SV%) for the Penguins. Dan Ellis (4-8-1, 3.19 GAA, .902 SV%) for the Hurricanes.

Injuries: For the Penguins, center Sidney Crosby (mouth) and left winger James Neal (concussion) are out. Defensemen Kris Letang ("lower body") and Paul Martin (hand) are on injured reserve. For the Hurricanes, right winger Alexander Semin ("upper body") is day to day. Defenseman Joni Pitkanen (heel) is out. Goaltender Cam Ward (knee) is on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

14 Chris Kunitz - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 9 Pascal Dupuis
10 Brenden Morrow - 36 Jussi Jokinen - 12 Jarome Iginla
24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 48 Tyler Kennedy
15 Tanner Glass - 27 Craig Adams - 19 Beau Bennett

44 Brooks Orpik - 4 Mark Eaton
3 Douglas Murray - 2 Matt Niskanen
41 Robert Bortuzzo - 5 Deryk Engelland

The Hurricanes did not hold a morning skate. Based on their lines and pairings against the Bruins last night, consider this a guess:

19 Jiri Tlusty - 12 Eric Staal - 28 Alexander Semin
53 Jeff Skinner - 11 Jordan Staal - 15 Tuomo Ruutu
21 Drayson Bowman - 20 Riley Nash - 59 Chad LaRose
20 Zac Dalpe - 37 Tim Brent - 39 Patrick Dwyer

6 Tim Gleason - 77 Joe Corvo
44 Jay Harrison - 4 Jamie McBain
27 Justin Faulk - 24 Bobby Sanguinetti

Notes:

-The last time the Penguins played, this happened:

-A win of any type will secure the Atlantic Division title and at least the second seed in the Eastern Conference for the Penguins.

-Malkin (554 points) is two points from surpassing Kevin Stevens (555) for seventh place on the franchise's career scoring list.

-"Obviously there's not much confidence in that locker room right now. Obviously there's lots of frustration." - Jokinen on facing the Hurricanes for the first time since being traded to the Penguins last week.

-Semin is belived to be in the lineup tonight according to head coach Kirk Muller. He has missed the previous two games.

-The Hurricanes activated defenseman Justin Faulk (knee) from injured reserve and assigned defenseman Brett Bellemore to Charlotte of the AHL.

-Our live blog, direct from our couch, beings at approximately 6:45 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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