A preview of the Hurricanes.
When and where: 7 p.m. EDT. Consol Energy Center.
TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Carolina.
Record: 32-32-11, 75 points. The Hurricanes are in seventh place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.
Leading Scorer: Eric Staal, 56 points (17 goals, 39 assists).
Last Game: 2-1 road shootout loss to the Senators, last night. Cam Ward made 28 saves for the Hurricanes.
Last Game against the Penguins: 4-3 home overtime loss, Dec. 27, 2013. Nathan Gerbe (right) had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes.
Hurricanes Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Eric Staal. He has 37 points in 37 career games against the Penguins.
Ex-Penguins on the Hurricanes: Ron Francis, vice president of hockey operations; Jim Rutherford, president/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: Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller is one of four people selected in the 1984 NHL draft who have served as a head coach in the NHL. The others are Ed Olczyk (Penguins), Patrick Roy (Avalanche) and John Stevens (Flyers).
Best Hurricanes Video We Could Find: The WHA's New England Whalers meeting the Soviet Union national team in an exhibition game in 1977:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (36-17-4, 2.33 GAA, .917 SV%) for the Penguins. Anton Khudobin (16-12-1, 2.22 GAA, .929 SV%) for the Hurricanes.
Injuries: For the Penguins, center Marcel Goc ("lower body"), Evgeni Malkin (foot) and Joe Vitale ("upper body") are out. Right wingers Chris Conner (foot), Pascal Dupuis (knee), defensemen Kris Letang (stroke), Paul Martin (hand) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Hurricanes, center Andrei Loktionov ("lower body") and left winger Jiri Tlusty ("lower body") are day today. Defenseman Joni Pitkanen (heel) 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 - 87 Sidney Crosby - 22 Lee Stempniak
19 Beau Bennett - 36 Jussi Jokinen - - 18 James Neal
17 Taylor Pyatt - 16 Brandon Sutter - 49 Brian Gibbons
15 Tanner Glass - 27 Craig Adams - 59 Jayson Megna
3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen
44 Brook Orpik - 41 Robert Bortuzzo
5 Deryk Engelland - 4 Rob Scuderi
The Hurricanes did not hold a morning skate. Their primary lines and defensive pairings during last night's game against the Senators were:
12 Eric Staal - 8 Andrei Loktionov - 19 Jiri Tlusty
14 Nathan Gerbe - 11 Jordan Staal - 28 Alexander Semin
53 Jeff Skinner - 20 Riley Nash - 19 Elias Lindholm
21 Drayson Bowman - 22 Manny Malhotra - 39 Patrick Dwyer
27 Justin Faulk - 4 Andrej Sekera
65 Ron Hainsey - 26 John-Michael Liles
44 Jay Harrison - 73 Brett Bellemore
-The last time the Penguins played the Hurricanes, this happened:
-The Penguins' magic number to clinch the Atlantic Division title is two points.
-The Penguins can sweep the season series against the Hurricanes. It would be the fourth time the Penguins have done that against the Hurricanes/Whalers franchise in franchise history.
-Head coach Dan Bylsma has 249 career wins.
-Adams has 99 career assist.
-Letang was named the Penguins' nominee for the Masterton Trophy.
-The Hurricanes recalled left winger Chris Terry from Charlotte of the AHL.
-Eric Staal has 398 career assists.
-Our live blog begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.
(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)