Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 3: Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes (1-0-1) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0-0)
Root Sports, FS-CR – 7:00 pm/et 
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA

"The Staals are brothers", now with bonus "the Sutters are cousins!"


Leading Scorers:

Penguins: Matt Niskanen (0G, 3A: 3P)
Hurricanes: Jeff Skinner (0G, 3A: 3P)

Starting Goaltenders:

Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (2-0-0, 0.50 GAA, .979 Sv% )
Hurricanes: Cam Ward (0-0-1, 2.86 GAA, .921 Sv%)

Last Games:

Penguins: Defeated Buffalo Sabres 4-1.
Hurricanes: Defeated Philadelphia Flyers 2-1.

Previews from Team Websites:  [Hurricanes] [Penguins]

Lines and Notes: [Tonight Versus Carolina Hurricanes]

Opposition Blog: [Shutdown Line]
What They're Saying: "Playing to win vs. Playing not lose"

Sunday afternoon against Philadelphia, the Canes found themselves in a similar situation where they entered the final minute of the game hanging onto a one-goal lead. Only this time they were able to get the job done and seal up a regulation win. What was so different about the game Sunday compared to the season opener against Detroit? Playing a weaker opponent probably helped, but the Hurricanes forechecking was much more aggressive that game and their team defense was focused more on retrieving the puck instead of just sitting back and blocking shots. Again, it might be easier to pull off this kind of strategy against a weak puck-possession team like the Flyers, but Carolina might be better off playing with this kind of mentality in the long run.

What Happened Last Time: April 27, 2013 – Pens won 8-3 [Our Recap]

Neal and his dark visor had a hat trick. Malkin put home a pretty one. Juicy had two goals.

Shit is about to get real. Ottawa/Boston Sunday night will determine the Pens' opening-round opponent. If Ottawa wins or the game reaches overtime, the Isles will be coming to CONSOL. If the Bruins win in regulation, the Senators will be coming.

Just wow. What a season.

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Evgeni Malkin. We have absolutely no stats to back this up, but it seems like he always plays well against the Hurricanes.

Hurricanes Player(s) to Watch: We'd say Jordan Staal, but that's too obvious, so Cam Ward. The Hurricanes struggled badly without him last year so it looks like a lot of their success depends on him.

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: