A preview of the Hurricanes.
When and where: 3 p.m., EST, Consol Energy Center.
TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Carolina.
Record: 20-18-8, 48 points. The Hurricanes are in fifth place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.
Leading Scorer: Defenseman Justin Faulk, 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists).
Last Game: 3-2 home loss to the Canucks Friday. Goaltender Cam Ward made 19 saves for the Hurricanes.
Last Game against the Penguins: 3-2 overtime home win Tuesday. Center Eric Staal and right winger Kris Versteeg (right) each had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes.
Hurricanes Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Center Eric Staal. He has 46 points in 44 career games against the Penguins.
Ex-Penguins on the Hurricanes: Pro scout Jeff Daniels, general manager Ron Francis, Jordan Staal.
Ex-Hurricanes on the Penguins: Center Matt Cullen, defenseman Brian Dumoulin (Doumoulin was a former Hurricanes draft pick but never played for the organization), vice president of hockey operations Jason Karmanos, player development coach Mark Recchi, general manager Jim Rutherford.
Useless Hurricanes Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: No Eastern Conference opponent has a better success rate on the power play against the Penguins this season than the Hurricanes. In two games, they have gone 3-for-7 on the power play vs. the Penguins (42.9%).
The last time the Penguins played the Hurricanes, this happened:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (15-11-5, 2.35 GAA, .923 SV%) or Jeff Zatkoff (3-4-1, 2.60 GAA, .926 SV%) for the Penguins. Eddie Lack (6-7-3, 2.84 GAA, .894 SV%) for the Hurricanes.
Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Kris Letang (right hand or arm) is questionable. Right wingers Beau Bennett ("upper body"), Pascal Dupuis (blood clots) and center Nick Bonino (hand) are on injured reserve. For the Hurricanes, defenseman Brett Pesce ("lower body") is doubtful. Defenseman James Wisniewski (knee) is on injured reserve.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: Neither team had a morning skate. Consider this a guess for the Penguins based off Friday's game against the Lightning:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 72 Patric Hornqvist
61 Carl Hagelin - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 81 Phil Kessel
34 Tom Kuhnhackl - 16 Eric Fehr - 17 Bryan Rust
11 Kevin Porter - 7 Matt Cullen - 43 Conor Sheary
58 Kris Letang - 3 Olli Maatta
8 Brian Dumoulin - 12 Ben Lovejoy
6 Trevor Daley - 28 Ian Cole
-According to the team's Web site, the Hurricanes' lines and pairings are expected to be:
32 Kris Versteeg - 12 Eric Staal - 16 Elias Lindholm
42 Joakim Nordstrom - 11 Jordan Staal - 15 Andrej Nestrasil
53 Jeff Skinner - 49 Victor Rask - 20 Riley Nash
24 Brad Malone - 18 Jay McClement - 14 Nathan Gerbe
26 John-Michael Liles - 27 Justin Faulk
5 Noah Hanifin - 65 Ron Hainsey
47 Michal Jordan - 74 Jaccob Slavin
-Left winger Carl Hagelin is expected to make his Penguins debut. He will be the first player in franchise history to wear No. 62.
-The Penguins are 19-9-6 when Letang is in the lineup this season and 1-7-1 without him.
-Defenseman Trevor Daley has played in 799 career games.
-Lack has played in 99 career games.
-Following the game, fans will be permitted to watch the remainder of the Steelers-Broncos AFC divisional playoff game on Consol Energy Center's video board.
-The referees are (No. 18) Greg Kimmerly and (No. 20) Tim Peel. The linesmen are (No. 50) Scott Cherey and (No. 93) Brian Murphy.
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