The Carolina Hurricanes will wrap up their October slate of games tonight at 7 p.m. ET when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second time this month. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.Hurricanes Lineup Offense Gerbe – E. Staal – Semin Tlusty – J. Staal – Dwyer Ruutu – Nash – Lindholm Bowman – Sutter – Westgarth Defense Faulk – Sekera Gleason – Hainsey Murphy – Harrison Goalies Peters [Murphy] Scratches: Skinner, Khudobin, Ward, Dvorak (Injured).Komisarek (Healthy). Penguins Lineup Offense Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis Jokinen – Malkin – Kobasew Glass – Sutter – Megna Adams – Vitale – Engelland Defense Scuderi – Letang Orpik – Martin Niskanen – Maatta Goalies Fleury [Zatkoff] Scratches: D’Agostini, Neal, Bennett, Vokoun (Injured).
Just like the Hurricanes, the Penguins have been struggling a bit recently, losing their last three, including a 4-1 loss in their last game against the Maple Leafs.
In the last three games, the Pens have scored four goals, including three in one game, an odd thing for the team. They’re dealing with some injuries to depth players, so scoring is not coming as easily.
The last time the Canes and Penguins played, Jussi Jokinen burnt his former team for three goals and the Pittsburgh offense proved to be too much for Carolina’s defense.
The Hurricanes will need to slow the Penguins down in the neutral zone and limit turnovers, which led to goals and chances in the last game.
There were some line juggling in practice yesterday with the biggest change coming with Nathan Gerbe moving to the first line. Originally Kirk Muller had Elias Lindholm with the second line, but has moved him to the third in favor of a returning Patrick Dwyer.
With Jeff Skinner out, these moves are hoped to open up some more offense, which has been scarce lately. Lindholm will be a player to watch with more ice time and better linemates.
A recap will be posted after the game.