Pittsburgh Penguins (27-11-1) @ Carolina Hurricanes (14-15-8)
Root Sports, FS-CR - 7:00 pm/et
PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
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.
STATS, INFO & NOTES:
Penguins: Sidney Crosby (20G, 34A: 54P)
Hurricanes: Eric Staal (9G, 21A: 30P)
Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (21-9-1, 2.13 GAA, .920 Sv% )
Hurricanes: Justin Peters (5-6-5, 2.30 GAA, .926 Sv%)
Penguins: Lost to Ottawa Senators 5-0.
Hurricanes: Lost to Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3.
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
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
When we looked at their offense, we were momentarily confused as to why the Hurricanes are so bad. Then we looked at their defense...