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Penguins look to avenge loss to Hurricanes

by Kurt Dusterberg

PENGUINS (15-5-2) at HURRICANES (7-12-3)


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 KunitzSidney CrosbyPatric Hornqvist

Nick SpalingEvgeni MalkinBlake Comeau

Jayson MegnaBrandon SutterSteve Downie

Zach SillAndrew EbbettCraig Adams

Paul MartinKris Letang

Olli MaattaChristian Ehrhoff

Rob ScuderiSimon Despres

Thomas Greiss

Marc-Andre Fleury

Scratched: Robert Bortuzzo

Injured: Pascal Dupuis (blood clot), Beau Bennett (lower body), Marcel Goc (lower body)


Jiri TlustyEric StaalElias Lindholm

Nathan GerbeRiley NashAlexander Semin

Jeff SkinnerVictor RaskAndrej Nestrasil

Zach BoychukJay McClementPatrick Dwyer

Andrej SekeraJustin Faulk

Ron HainseyJohn-Michael Liles

Tim GleasonMichal Jordan

Anton Khudobin

Cam Ward

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.

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