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Game Preview: Pens-Canes

by Nicole Jelinek @Penguins / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens will host the Carolina Hurricanes in the first of their last 2 regular-season home games. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Hurricanes

TIME: 5 p.m. EST

PLACE: PPG Paints Arena

TV: ROOT Sports

RADIO: 105.9 FM, The X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

The Penguins ended a 4-game winless stretch in Friday's matchup with the Rangers and hope to end a 3-game home winless stretch at PPG Paints Arena (0-2-1) … The Pens look to sweep the season series with the Canes in their 4th and final matchup with them this season. Pittsburgh has won 6-straight games against their Metropolitan Division rival and holds a 7-game point streak against Carolina (6-0-1) … Pens defenseman Ron Hainsey and forward Jake Guentzel returned from injuries in Friday's contest against the Rangers. Guentzel jumped back into the first line with Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary where he record a goal and Hainsey tallied an assist ... This is Hainsey's 1st time playing his former team (Hurricanes) since the Pens acquired him on Feb. 23 … Bryan Rust is hot right now, notching goals in back-to-back games for the 2nd time this year and needs 1 more to become the 7th Penguin to reach 15G this season … Matt Murray helped the team rebound from a rough few games and picked up his 29th win of the season Friday. If he reaches 30 victories he will become the 13rh rookie goalie since 1967-68 NHL Expansion Era to reach that figure … Pittsburgh injuries: Trevor Daley (knee), Carl Hagelin (lower body), Kris Letang (upper body), Olli Maatta (hand), Evgeni Malkin (upper body), Tom Sestito (upper body) ... The Canes roll into tonight's matchup coming off a 3-0 shutout loss against the Dallas Stars that ended their franchise-best 13-game point streak … Forward Lee Stempniak has points in 2 of his last 4 games played and has 2 points (1G-1A) in the last 3 matchups with the Pens this season … Jeff Skinner has points in eight of his last 10 games (9G-3A) … Tuevo Teravainen tallied assists and points in 2 straight games before the 3-0 loss on Saturday. He is tied for 2nd on the team with a career-high 14 power-play points this season … Carolina injuries: Jay McClement (lower body), Ryan Murphy (lower body), Eddie Lack (neck strain)…

MORNING SKATE REPORT:

*Forward Chris Kunitz is out "longer term" with a lower-body injury. Matt Murray will start in goal.

*The Pens did not hold a morning skate due to the early start time of the game

 

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