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.
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
Carolina Hurricanes Lines:
Tlusty - E.Staal - Semin
Lines via Daily Faceoff.