Pittsburgh Penguins (7-4-0) @ Carolina Hurricanes (4-4-3)
Root Sports, FS-CR - 7:00 pm/et
PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
The Pens bring their three-game losing streak into Carolina to play the Hurricanes. Scuderi, Bennett and Neal are still out for the Pens. Basically everyone not named Staal is injured for Carolina.
Double J, Jussi Jokinen, had a hat trick the last time these two teams met.
STATS, INFO & NOTES:
Penguins: Sidney Crosby (8G, 10A: 18P)
Hurricanes: Jeff Skinner (3G, 6A: 9P)
Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (7-2-0, 1.88 GAA, .926 Sv% )
Hurricanes: Justin Peters (0-2-0, 3.16 GAA, .891 Sv%)
Penguins: Lost to Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1.
Hurricanes: Lost to Colorado Avalanche 4-2.
Line Combinations and Notes: [Sutters and Staals and Canes, oh my!]
So should we expect the Canes to rebound once they have more intra-division games? Possibly, but they still have a lot of games to play against the West this year and can't continue to get outplayed and leave points on the table, especially if they have playoff aspirations. We've seen the Canes play well enough to at least get to overtime against top-tier teams like Los Angeles & Chicago, so they have the ability to keep up with them. Unfortunately, none of that was present when they took on Minnesota & Colorado on the road this past week.
What Happened Last Time: October 8, 2013 - Pens won 5-2 [Our Recap]
The Hurricanes are still paying Jussi Jokinen around $900,000. So when GM Jim Rutherford opens up his bank statment, he is going to vomit uncontrollably. This is basically like enduring a breakup and then having to pay for your ex to go out on unlimited dates, and you have to sit there and watch all of them.
The Penguins are basically doing whatever they want to their opponents right now. Mind you, they haven't played any of the big boys yet, but you can see the change. The defense is worlds better than last season. Hell, Carolina even had this game tied in the third, and it still felt like the Pens were going to roll.
Jussi Jokinen was definitely the story in this one, though.
Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Jussi Jokinen, because it's always fun to watch him score goals against the team that still pays part of his salary.
Hurricanes Player(s) to Watch: Justin Peters. He's not a starting goalie, so there's a good chance he'll play like the love child of Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur against the Pens.
Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: