Carolina Hurricanes (32-32-11)@ Pittsburgh Penguins (48-22-5)
Root Sports, FS-CR – 7:00 pm/et
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
Sid could hit 100 points tonight. Also, from NHL.com:
“The Penguins would clinch the Metropolitan Division title if they defeat the Hurricanes in any fashion OR if they get one point against the Hurricanes AND the Flyers lose to the Blues in any fashion OR if the Flyers lose to the Blues in regulation.”
STATS, INFO & NOTES:
Penguins: Sidney Crosby (36G, 63A: 99P)
Hurricanes: Eric Staal (17G, 39A: 56P)
Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (36-17-4, 2.33 GAA, .917 Sv% )
Hurricanes: Anton Khudobin (16-12-1, 2.22 GAA, .929 Sv%)
Penguins: Defeated Chicago Blackhawks 4-1.
Hurricanes: Lost to Ottawa Senators 2-1 [SO].
“If you’re looking to use the rest of the season to dig out some positives with the Hurricanes future, last night’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators probably didn’t provide you with much. On the other hand, if you are just looking for entertaining hockey the rest of the way, then this was the game for you. Sure, the final score may not indicate it, but this was a very fun game to watch and had a lot of people on the edge of their seats.”
What Happened Last Time: December 27, 2013 – Pens won 4-3 (OT) [Our Recap]
“Here’s the thing with the Penguins right now. They have six of the same player: Adams, Harry Z, Vitale, Glass, Conner, and Kobasew. While it isn’t the greatest thing to watch, you know what you are getting. They limit the mistakes, they aren’t horribly unreliable, and they can hang with low-end teams like the Canes. Those six players give the big boys some rest so those big boys can come out and win the game.
And that is what happened tonight. Neal, Crosby, Kunitz, and Jokinen combined for 7 points, and Neal won the game in OT. Simple formula, and it is just racking up the points. The Pens are one of those hot rollers on a craps table right now. You have no clue how they are doing it; you just have to sit back and enjoy the ride.
Marc-Andre Fleury is part of the equation, as well. He’s playing the best hockey of his career. Maybe Gilles Meloche sucked.
And how sad are the Hurricanes? Even more so, what has happened to Jordan Staal? Couldn’t even tell you if he played. Remember the large faction of Penguin fans and select media members that were of the opinion that the Pens should keep Staal over Malkin? Yikes.”
Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Sidney Crosby. Going for 100.
Hurricanes Player(s) to Watch: Jordan Staal. Why not?
Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today’s Game:
Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Daily Faceoff:
|Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Lee Stempniak
Beau Bennett – Jussi Jokinen – James Neal
Taylor Pyatt – Brandon Sutter – Brian Gibbons
Tanner Glass – Craig Adams – Jayson Megna
Robert Bortuzzo – Brooks Orpik
Carolina Hurricanes lines from Daily Faceoff:
|Eric Staal – Andrei Loktionov – Jiri Tlusty
Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner – Riley Nash – Elias Lindholm
Drayson Bowman – Manny Malhotra – Pat Dwyer
Justin Faulk – Andrej Sekera