Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 40: Carolina Hurricanes

Pittsburgh Penguins (27-11-1) @ Carolina Hurricanes (14-15-8)
Root Sports, FS-CR – 7:00 pm/et 
PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC

[Image via Venues Today]

Brooks Orpik returns to the Penguins line-up. We're not sure who "The Code" specifies that he'll have to fight before he can play, but we're pretty sure it's someone.

Tanner Glass is back as well and Deryk Engelland will return from suspension.

Harry Zolnierczyk has been brought back to the NHL from WBS due to injuries. He's been recalled by the Penguins so often that we now know how to spell his last name.

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STATS, INFO & NOTES:

Leading Scorers:

Penguins: Sidney Crosby (20G, 34A: 54P)
Hurricanes: Eric Staal (9G, 21A: 30P)

Starting Goaltenders:

Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (21-9-1, 2.13 GAA, .920 Sv% )
Hurricanes: Justin Peters (5-6-5, 2.30 GAA, .926 Sv%)

Last Games:

Penguins: Lost to Ottawa Senators 5-0.
Hurricanes: Lost to Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3.

Official Previews from Team Websites:  [Penguins] [Hurricanes

Opposition Blog: [Shutdown Line]
What They're Saying: "Jeff Skinner's goal scoring surge"

What Happened Last Time: October 28, 2013 – Pens won 3-1 [Our Recap]

The only struggle in this game involved people fighting the urge to fall asleep. The Metro Division is in a sad state of affairs. Carolina came into this game the second-best team record-wise in the division. They are horrible. The Penguins didn't play horribly, but they didn't need to try. Carolina had 21 shots on net. We remember maybe 4 shots.

Big performance from Jayson Megna, who got his first NHL assist and goal. You could argue that he felt right at home playing against an AHL team. Regardless, he played well.

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Jussi Jokinen, because he's playing against the Hurricanes.

Hurricanes Player(s) to Watch: Zach Boychuk, because remember Zach Boychuk? He's back, in Hurricanes form!

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: 

Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Daily Faceoff:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Joe Vitale
Chris Conner – Jussi Jokinen – James Neal
Harry Zolnierczyk – Brandon Sutter – Chuck Kobasew
Tanner Glass – Zach Sill – Craig Adams
 
Brooks Orpik – Deryk Engelland
Matt Niskanen – Olli Maatta
Robert Bortuzzo – Simon Despres
 
Marc-Andre Fleury

Those forward lines still make us cry a little.

Carolina Hurricanes lines from Daily Faceoff:

Jeff Skinner – Eric Staal – Tuomo Ruutu
Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Alexander Semin
Drayson Bowman – Riley Nash – Pat Dwyer
Radek Dvorak – Manny Malhotra – Zach Boychuk

Justin Faulk – Andrej Sekera
Ryan Murphy – Ron Hainsey
Tim Gleason – Mike Komisarek

Justin Peters

When we looked at their offense, we were momentarily confused as to why the Hurricanes are so bad. Then we looked at their defense…

Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 40 – Carolina Hurricanes

Pittsburgh Penguins (29-10-0) @ Carolina Hurricanes (16-20-2)

ROOT, FS-CR – 7:00 pm/et

PNC Arena – Raleigh, NC

Staal. Staal. Sutter.

Also, Jokinen returns to Carolina against his old team.

Season Series: 0-1-0

Last meeting that counted: February 28, 2013. Penguins lost 4-1.

What we said in our recap:

The Penguins aren't a bad team. They just aren't very good right now. In what was somewhat of a big game, the Pens let the Canes score two crushing goals at the end of the first and second periods.

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There's not much that can be done at this point. Getting jammed up about a two-game losing streak doesn't really do much. But there is an uneasy feeling. How good exactly is this Penguins team? Especially without Malkin? We're about to find out. These past two games were against sub-8 teams. These next four games are against teams in the top 8: Montreal,Tampa, Philly, and the Leafs.

Gee… wonder how the Pens did in those important upcoming games…..

Know Your Enemy: Canes Country

What they're saying:

The Penguins are in first place in the Eastern Conference and are the only Eastern Conference team to have mathematically clinched a spot in the post-season.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes are in 13th place with 10 games remaining and are 1-11-1 over their last 13 games. In those 13 games they have given up 52 goals and scored 20, despite averaging over 40 shots on goal over their last four games.

The Hurricanes are currently riding a seven-game home ice losing streak, their longest in team history.

Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:

Kunitz – Malkin – Iginla
Morrow – Jokinen – Dupuis
Cooke- Sutter – Kennedy
Glass – Adams – Bennett

Orpik – Eaton
Murray – Niskanen
Engelland – Bortuzzo

Fleury

Carolina Hurricanes Lines:

Tlusty – E.Staal – Semin
Ruutu – J.Staal – Skinner
Bowman – Nash – Dwyer
Dalpe – Brent – LaRose

Gleason – Corvo
Harrison – McBain
Bergeron – Faulk

Ellis

Lines via Daily Faceoff.

Do It.

Go Pens.

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