Dec 27, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal (12) makes a pass while being defensed by the Pittsburgh Penguins defensemen Deryk Engelland (5) during the 2nd period at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #76 At Pittsburgh Penguins


Mar 16, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Jussi Jokinen (36) skates with the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Flyers won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes won’t have any rest as they travel to Pennsylvania to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

This is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams. The Pens have won all three previous games.

Hurricanes’ Lineup
Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Andrei Loktionov
Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner – Riley Nash – Patrick Dwyer
Drayson Bowman – Manny Malhotra – Elias Lindholm
 
Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk
John-Michael Liles – Ron Hainsey
Brett Bellemore – Jay Harrison
 
Cam Ward/Anton Khudobin
Possible Scratches: Mike Komisarek, Radek Dvorak and Justin Peters (Healthy).
 
Penguins’ Lineup
Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Lee Stempniak
Beau Bennett – Jussi Jokinen – James Neal
Taylor Pyatt – Brandon Sutter – Brian Gibbons
Tanner Glass – Craig Adams – Jayson Megna
 
Matt Niskanen – Olli Matta
Brooks Orpik – Robert Bortuzzo
Rob Scuderi – Deryk Engelland
 
Marc-Andre Fleury/Jeff Zatkoff
Possible Scratches: Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Tomas Vokoun (Injured).

Hurricanes’ Outlook

Less than 24 hours off between games plus travel will make any opponent a difficult one, but the Penguins have given the Canes plenty of fits previously and that is likely to continue even if some star players are missing from the opponent’s lineup.

Last night, the Hurricanes did not have a good start, but behind the play of Cam Ward, were able to secure a point in the standings, but lost in the shootout.

The powerplay had an awful night after some progressive nights in previous games. Andrei Loktionov has helped, but obviously the problems are not completely solved.

I’m guessing the original plan was for Anton Khudobin to play tonight, but Ward makes that decision a little tougher after a great outing. I’m guessing Khudobin will be back in net.

UPDATE: Chris Terry was recalled today. He didn’t play when he was recalled last time and I would not be surprised if that happens again tonight.

Penguins’ Outlook

The Pens soared to the top of the Metropolitan Division at the beginning of the season and that hasn’t changed at all since then, despite some key injuries.

Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang are injured, among others and while it hurts the depth of the team, the Penguins usually handle the Canes with relative ease.

Former Hurricane Jussi Jokinen has shown the ability to kill the Hurricanes in previous meetings since he was traded to the team.

Pittsburgh is 4-5-1 in its last 10, but have won the previous two games including a 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

Sidney Crosby leads the team — and the NHL — with 99 points in 75 games.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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