A preview of the Hurricanes.
When and where: 7:30 p.m. EDT. Consol Energy Center.
TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Carolina.
Record: 19-24-4, 42 points. The Hurricanes are in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and third place in the Southeast Division
Leading Scorer: Eric Staal, 51 points (18 goals, 33 assists).
Last Game: 4-3 overtime home loss to the Rangers, Thursday. Jiri Tlusty (right) scored two goals for the Hurricanes.
Last Game against the Penguins: 5-3 home loss, April 9. Pascal Dupuis had a goal and two assists for the Penguins.
Hurricanes Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Someone named Staal.
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; Jussi Jokinen, LW; Brandon Sutter, C.
Useless Hurricanes/Whalers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller is one of three players from the 1984 draft who have served as a head coach in the NHL. The others are former Penguins coach Ed Olczyk and current Islanders coach Jack Capuano.
Best Hurricanes/Whalers Video We Could Find: Behold the 1988-89 Hartford Whalers who were apparently fond of mustaches:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (22-8-0, 2.37 GAA, .917 SV%) for the Penguins. Justin Peters (4-10-1, 3.15 GAA, .900 SV%) for the Hurricanes.
Injuries: Centers Sidney Crosby (mouth) and Joe Vitale ("lower body") are out. For the Hurricanes, defensemen Jay Harrison (concussion), Joni Pitkanen (heel), left winger Drayson Bowman ("lower body") and right winger Alexander Semin (concussion) are out. Goaltender Cam Ward (knee) is on injured reserve.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins held an optional morning skate. Consider this a guess at their lines and defensive pairings:
14 Chris Kunitz - 36 Jussi Jokinen - 9 Pascal Dupuis
12 Jarome Iginla - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
10 Brenden Morrow - 16 Brandon Sutter - 24 Matt Cooke
15 Tanner Glass - 27 Craig Adams - 19 Beau Bennett
58 Kris Letang - 4 Mark Eaton
7 Paul Martin - 47 Simon Despres
3 Douglas Murray - 2 Matt Niskanen
The Hurricanes lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
19 Jiri Tlusty - 12 Eric Staal - 59 Chad LaRose
15 Tuomo Ruutu - 11 Jordan Staal - 8 Kevin Westgarth
29 Tim Wallace - 53 Jeff Skinner - 39 Patrick Dwyer
72 Nicolas Blanchard - 37 Tim Brent - 13 Jared Staal
6 Tim Gleason - 27 Justin Faulk
77 Joe Corvo - 4 Andrew McBain
47 Marc-Andre Bergeron - 24 Bobby Sanguinetti
-The last time the Penguins played the Hurricanes, this happened:
-Jordan Staal speaks:
-Adams, Cooke, Dupuis, Glass, Kunitz, Sutter, Eric Staal, Jordan Staal and Tlusty have played in every game of the season to this point.
-Dupuis and Martin each have 198 career assists.
-Fleury is a father now. (PG+)
-The Penguins will hold the "shirts-off-their-backs" promotion following the game.
(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)