Canes vs Penguins Showdown

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Carolina Hurricanes (28-24-9) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (36-20-6)

Are the Canes banking on the return of Cory Stillman to earn them another Stanley Cup. Nah, probably not. It would be nice just to improve the dismal power play statistics at this point. The power play-less trek continues as the Canes are 1-30 in the past seven contests.

“Going down the stretch of the season he can really add something to our team,” states GM Jim Rutherford about Stillman.

The veteran winger was acquired from the Florida Panthers for Ryan Carter and a fifth round pick. Stillman is a two-time Stanley Cup winner (Tampa Bay ’04, Canes ’06). He will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Rutherford has no plans trading away the young farm, but is not ruling out other possible moves before the trade deadline.

The Hurricanes have a tough schedule ahead of them. Although, thirteen of the twenty-one remaining games will be at home, it is a grueling back-to-back schedule.

Carolina faces the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at the RBC Center. The Penguins also have a new/old face joining them this evening. Alexei Kovalev rejoins his former team in hopes of cushioning the loss of Evgeni Malkin. Malkin will not return this season due to a knee injury.

Carson and Samson are expected to sit tonight.

Pittsburgh currently hold the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, thirteen points ahead of the Hurricanes. Canes are looking to avoid a three game losing streak in addition to their playoff conquests.

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