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Game Preview: Pens-Canes

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins battle the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Hurricanes

TIME: 7 p.m. EST

PLACE: PNC Arena

TV: ROOT Sports

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

The Pens snapped a 3-game losing streak with an impressive 4-1 victory in Montreal on Wednesday … Pittsburgh has won 4 straight against Carolina … Evgeni Malkin has a 5-game scoring streak (5G-2A), which includes his 11th career hat trick. Malkin is 1 goal from surpassing Jean Pronovost (316) for sole possession of 4th place on the Pens' all-time goal scoring list … Goalie Matt Murray bounced back after giving up 7 goals to Washington by stopping 19 of 20 shots in a win in Montreal. Murray made his NHL debut against Carolina on Dec. 19, 2015 … Jake Guentzel has 4 goals and 6 points in 7 career NHL games … Recall Cameron Gaunce posted his 1st point (assist) as a Penguin in his team debut against Montreal … Sidney Crosby hasn't gone pointless in back-to-back games since February of last season. Pittsburgh is 18-2-2 when Crosby sores a goal … The Pens have scored a power-play goal in 12 of their last 17 games (19 for 60, 31.7%) … Pens injuries: Brian Dumoulin (jaw, 8 games missed); Kris Letang (lower body, 2); Matt Cullen (foot, 1) … Carolina has a 4-game home winning streak and is 14-1-1 in its last 16 games at home … The Hurricanes rank 8th in the NHL is shots per game (30.5) … Carolina has the NHL's best penalty killing unit with an 89.1% success rate. It has killed 11 straight penalties …  Cam Ward is 16-8-4, 2.25 GAA in 28 career games against Pittsburgh … Rookie Sebastian Aho is tied for 3rd on the team in points (24) … Ron Hainsey is 1 assist shy of 200 career helpers … Canes injuries: Bryan Bickell (MS, 36); Eddie Lack (concussion, 9).

MORNING SKATE REPORT:

*The Pens had perfect attendance at practice of their healthy players, plus Brian Dumoulin (jaw). Missing were injured players Kris Letang (lower body) and Matt Cullen (foot). Letang did skate on his own after the session.

*Pittsburgh used the following workflow…

Sheary-Crosby-Rust

Guentzel-Malkin-Hornqvist

Hagelin-Bonino-Kessel

Kunitz-Fehr-Wilson

(Kuhnhackl)

Maatta-Daley

Schultz-Cole

Gaunce-Ruhwedel

Oleksy-Dumoulin

*PP1: Schultz, Malkin, Kessel, Crosby, Hornqvist

PP2: Daley, Ruhwedel, Bonino, Sheary, Guentzel

*Matt Murray working in the starter's net

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