April 27, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Brandon Sutter (16) and Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) wait for the puck drop from linesman Andy McElman (90) during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Game #2: Carolina Hurricanes At Pittsburgh Penguins

The Carolina Hurricanes will look for their second win of the season as they go on the road for the first time in their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised locally on Fox Sports: Carolinas and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

Hurricanes Lineup (Based on last game)
Tlusty – E. Staal – Semin
Gerbe – J. Staal – Dwyer
Skinner – Nash – Dvorak
Sutter – Lindholm – Bowman
Faulk – Sekera
Bellemore – Hainsey
Harrison – Murphy
Scratches: Gleason (Concussion), Ruutu (Injured), Komisarek and Westgarth (Healthy).
Penguins Lineup
Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
Jokinen – Malkin – Bennett
Jeffrey – Sutter – Kobasew
Glass – Vitale – Adams
Orpik – Martin
Scuderi – Niskanen
Bortuzzo – Maattaa
Scratches: Neal and Letang (Injured)

The Pens are playing just as they have done in past seasons – scoring in bunches and playing strong defense. The team has beat the Devils and Sabres, 3-0 and 4-1, respectively, in their first two games.

However, the team is currently dealing with two injuries to key players in Kris Letang and James Neal, which seriously hurts the Pens depth. It doesn’t look like either player will be ready for the game tonight.

But the Hurricanes are also dealing with possible injured players. Elias Lindholm suffered an injury in the last game against the Flyers. He returned to the bench, but in practice, yesterday, Kirk Muller did not know for sure if the Swede would be in the lineup against the Penguins. However, my guess is Lindholm does play tonight.

UPDATE: Lindholm will play.

Expect Jordan Staal to line up against Sidney Crosby tonight and Eric Staal against Evegeni Malkin. It will be up to the Canes’ third line to get the scoring done.

The line has played great so far in the first two games, most notably Jeff Skinner. If the trio can work like they did against the Flyers, they should be able to beat the Penguins’ defense and goalie.

A recap will be posted after the game.


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