PENGUINS (15-5-2) at HURRICANES (7-12-3)
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to even the score with the Carolina Hurricanes when the two teams complete a home-and-home series at PNC Arena on Saturday.
Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe scored the decisive power-play goal early in the third period Friday night in a 4-2 win. Carolina outshot Pittsburgh 35-22 and outplayed the Penguins for most of the game.
Pittsburgh center Marcel Goc did not travel with the team after taking a shot off his foot late in the first period.
"It looks like there's no break," Penguins coach Mike Johnston said. "It's a bruise right now. We will see how he comes along in the next couple days."
Replacing Goc in the lineup will be Andrew Ebbett, who was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Saturday. With 200 games of NHL experience, Ebbett is expected to be a natural fit in the Pittsburgh lineup.
"He's played well down there," Johnston said. "He's a lot like Goc. He's very responsible at both ends of the ice. He manages the puck well and has experience at this level. He will fit in well with our guys. He knows most of the players and he knows how we want to play, so it should be an easy transition."
Carolina center Riley Nash exited in the third period after a hit from Sidney Crosby drew blood.
Here are the projected lineups:
Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Patric Hornqvist
Nick Spaling – Evgeni Malkin – Blake Comeau
Jayson Megna – Brandon Sutter – Steve Downie
Zach Sill – Andrew Ebbett – Craig Adams
Paul Martin – Kris Letang
Olli Maatta – Christian Ehrhoff
Rob Scuderi – Simon Despres
Scratched: Robert Bortuzzo
Injured: Pascal Dupuis (blood clot), Beau Bennett (lower body), Marcel Goc (lower body)
Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Elias Lindholm
Nathan Gerbe – Riley Nash – Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner – Victor Rask – Andrej Nestrasil
Zach Boychuk – Jay McClement – Patrick Dwyer
Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk
Ron Hainsey – John-Michael Liles
Tim Gleason – Michal Jordan
Scratched: Brad Malone, Jay Harrison
Injured: Jordan Staal (broken fibula), Brett Bellemore (lower body)
Who's hot: Gerbe has two goals and four points in his past five games. … Crosby has two assists in each of the past three games. Hornqvist has seven points in his past seven games.