October 28, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jussi Jokinen (36) is chased with the puck by the Carolina Hurricanes left wing Nathan Gerbe (14) during the 2nd period at PNC Center. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #38 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins


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.

Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal have continued to play well through their team’s struggles, but things have just not come together to earn a win.

Justin Peters had a rare rough game against the Blue Jackets, so we may see Cam Ward in net tonight.

Jay Harrison missed the last game, but is listed as day-to-day and could make a return tonight.

Penguins Outlook: The Pens have been racked with injuries to important players like Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Brooks Orpik, but the team has still been able to find wins.

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.

Sidney Crosby has been up to his usual play as he leads the NHL in points with 54 points in 39 games. Chris Kunitz also has 39 points in 39 games.

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.

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