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).
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.
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.
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.