The Carolina Hurricanes (14-15-8) will return to action tonight after a three-day holiday break to take on the top team in the Eastern Conference in the Pittsburgh Penguins (27-11-5). The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and on 99.9 FM The Fan.
The two teams met twice in October with the Penguins winning both games. Ex-Hurricane Jussi Jokinen scored three goals against his former team in the first game, but did not record a point in the second.Hurricanes Lineup Jeff Skinner – Eric Staal – Tuomo Ruutu Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Alexander Semin Jiri Tlusty – Riley Nash – Patrick Dwyer Drayson Bowman – Manny Malhotra – Radek Dvorak Justin Faulk – Andrej Sekera Brett Bellemore – Ron Hainsey Tim Gleason – Jay Harrison/Ryan Murphy Cam Ward/Justin Peters Possible Scratches: Jay Harrison and Anton Khudobin (Injured). Kevin Westgarth and Mike Komisarek (Healthy). Penguins Lineup Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Brian Gibbons Chris Connor – Jussi Jokinen – James Neal Joe Vitale – Brandon Sutter – Harry Zolniercyzk Chuck Kobasew – Zach Sill – Craig Adams Olli Maata – Matt Niskanen Simon Despres – Philip Samuelsson Brian Dumoulin – Robert Bortuzzo Marc-Andre Fleury/Jeff Zatkoff Possible Scratches: Beau Bennett, Tanner Glass, Andrew Ebbett, Evgeni Malkin, Pascal Dupuis, Jayson Megna, Kris Letang Rob Scuderi, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik and Tomas Vokoun (Injured). Deryk Engelland (Suspended).
Hurricanes Outlook: The Canes went into their three-day break with a loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets and are on a three-game losing streak, but one came in overtime against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Jay Harrison missed the last game, but is listed as day-to-day and could make a return tonight.
Pascal Dupuis is the most recent injury after he took a skate to the chest in the team’s 5-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators. The severity of his injury has not been announced and he could play tonight.
The Penguins were on a seven-game winning streak, but the run was halted by the Senators Tuesday night.
Stopping the Pens’ offense will never be easy, but the team is extremely decimated right now. The Canes will have to exploit some matchups to earn the win.
A recap will be posted after the game.