A preview of the Hurricanes.
When and where: 7 p.m. EDT. PNC Arena.
TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Carolina.
Record: 14-15-8, 36 points. The Hurricanes are in seventh place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.
Leading Scorer: Eric Staal, 30 points (9 goals, 21 assists).
Last Game: 4-3 home loss to the Blue Jackets, Monday. Jeff Skinner (right) scored two goals for the Hurricanes.
Last Game against the Penguins: 3-1 road loss, Oct. 28. Justin Peters made 26 saves for the Hurricanes.
Hurricanes Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Eric Staal. He has 37 points in 36 career games against the Penguins.
Ex-Penguins on the Hurricanes: Zach Boychuk, left winger; 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: Boychuk (2008) is one of four former Hurricanes/Whalers first-round draft picks who have played for the Penguins. The others are Francis (1981), Sutter (2007) and right winger Scott Young (1986).
Best Hurricanes Video We Could Find: Rod Brind'Amour took the red pill:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (21-9-1, 2.13 GAA, .920 SV%) for the Penguins. Justin Peters (7-9-3, 2.30 GAA, .926 SV%) for the Hurricanes.
Injuries: For the Penguins, center Evgeni Malkin ("lower-body") is day to day. Defensemen Kris Letang ("upper body"), Paul Martin (leg), Rob Scuderi (ankle), right winger Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), Pascal Dupuis (knee), centers Andrew Ebbett (ankle), Jayson Megna ("lower body"), and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Hurricanes, defenseman Jay Harrison (head) is concussed. Goaltender Anton Khudobin (ankle), defenseman Joni Pitkanen (heel) and left winger Jiri Tlusty (appendectomy) are on injured reserve.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 46 Joe Vitale
23 Chris Conner - 36 Jussi Jokinen - 18 James Neal
39 Harry Zolnierczyk - 16 Brandon Sutter - 12 Chuck Kobasew
15 Tanner Glass - 36 Zach Sill - 27 Craig Adams
2 Matt Niskanen - 3 Olli Maatta
44 Brooks Orpik - 5 Deryk Engelland
41 Robert Bortuzzo - 47 Simon Despres
-The Hurricanes lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
53 Jeff Skinner - 12 Eric Staal - 15 Tuomo Ruutu
14 Nathan Gerbe - 11 Jordan Staal - 28 Alexander Semin
21 Drayson Bowman - 20 Riley Nash - 39 Patrick Dwyer
32 Zach Boychuk - 22 Manny Malhotra - 18 Radek Dvorak
4 Andrej Sekera - 27 Justin Faulk
65 Ron Hainsey - 7 Ryan Murphy
6 Tim Gleason - 5 Mike Komisarek
-The last time the Penguins played the Hurricanes, this happened:
-Dupuis was placed on injured reserve today and will have a consecutive regular season games played streak of 238 snapped.
-With Dupui's steak about to be snapped, Chris Kunitz' become the Penguins' new iron man with a streak of 194 consecutive games.
-Engelland has completed his five-game suspensions.
-Orpik (head) and Glass (hand) were removed from injured reserve.
-Fleury has appeared in his 499 career games.
-Boychuk was recalled from Charlotte of the AHL after Tlusty was placed on injured reserve today.
-Jordan Staal has 296 career points.
(Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)