Carolina Hurricanes (12-19-6) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (20-11-4)
TV: ROOT, FS-CR
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
We're full and sleepy from the holidays. The Pens have won three-in-a-row as Carolina comes into town.
Season Series: 1-1-0
Last Meeting That Counted: December 3, 2011. Penguins won 3-2.
What we said in our recap:
Probably the most emotional third period in a long time. The Pens were still telling the Canes how the game would be played. Sullivan almost scored a beauty lifting that Cane's stick on the icing call.
Know Your Enemy: Canes Country
What they're saying:
The Penguins are still without the services of Sidney Crosby, who is on the sidelines again with suspected concussion issues. Evgeni Malkin has been back on track though and leads the Pens with 40 points. Next closest is James Neal with 34. Goalie Marc-Andre Fluery has also been vital to the team's success. Tuomo Ruutu remains red hot for the Canes and has points in five straight games, (4G 2A). Andreas Nodl has points in three straight. The teams have split their two games so far this year.
Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:
No injury updates for the Pens.
Carolina Hurricanes Notes:
Cam Ward "scored a goal" last night.
Favorite Hurricanes-Related Image, Photoshop or Gif:
Why not? What a great picture.
Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Penguins.NHL.com:
Chris Kunitz – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Pascal Dupuis – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
Steve Sullivan – Joe Vitale – Matt Cooke
Arron Asham – Craig Adams – Jason Williams
Matt Niskanen – Brooks Orpik
Simon Despres – Zbynek Michalek
Ben Lovejoy – Alexandre Picard
Carolina Hurricanes lines from Empty Netters:
Drayson Bowman – Eric Staal – Chad LaRose
Alexei Ponikarovsky – Jussi Jokinen – Tuomo Ruutu
Jiri Tlusty – Brandon Sutter – Patrick Dwyer
Andreas Nodl – Tim Brent – Anthony Stewart
Tim Gleason – Jamie McBain
Jay Harrison – Justin Faulk
Jaroslav Spacek – Bryan Allen
Great…. a goalie who hasn't played in the NHL this year. This will turn out well… *sigh*