GAME DAY REPORT --Sam Kasan
CROSBY'S 800TH POINT --Sam Kasan
PENSTV SOUND Brandon Sutter Sidney Crosby Patric Hornqvist Kris Letang --Sam Kasan
BEHIND ENEMY LINES --Sam Kasan
Pens head coach Mike Johnston confirmed that Marc-Andre Fleury will get the start tonight against the Hurricanes. Today is also his 30th birthday. I'm sure he would like to celebrate with a win. --Sam Kasan
QUOTE 'EM--Sam Kasan
Happy birthday to Marc-Andre Fleury, who turns 30 today
This guy just had a hat trick last game that included the overtime game-winner. No big deal
Equipment manager Dana Heinze checking out Spaling's gloves
Letang with head coach Mike Johnston
Ehrhoff with assistant coach Gary Agnew
Downie was passing pucks to...
...Hornqvist at the front of the net
Scuds getting his stick ready
Malkin's been on fire the last couple games
More happy Sid-Hornqvist pics
The captain all smiles--Michelle Crechiolo
MORNING SKATE INFO --Sam Kasan
DIGITAL PREVIEW--Sam Kasan
SCOUTING THE 'CANES --Sam Kasan
START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans. Tonight the Pens kick off a home-and-home, back-to-back series with the Carolina Hurricanes. Here are some game notes to get you ready for the action...
- The Penguins begin a home-and-home series with the Carolina Hurricanes (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio: 105.9 the X) at CONSOL Energy Center.
- The Penguins have a six-game unbeaten stretch at CONSOL Energy Center (5-0-1).
- Pittsburgh has lost in regulation just twice in its past 15 games this season (12-2-1).
- Pittsburgh is 5-1 in its last six games against Carolina and 8-2 in its last 10 contests.
- The Penguins are 6-1 in their last seven games against the Hurricanes here in Pittsburgh.
- During those seven games in Pittsburgh, the Penguins have outscored the Hurricanes, 26-18.
- Tonight the Penguins begin their fourth set of back-to-back games. Thus far they have a cumulative record of 2-2-2 in back-to-backs.
- The Penguins are 1-1-1 in both the front and back ends of back-to-backs.
- Penguins GM Jim Rutherford will face the Carolina Hurricanes for the first time since joining Pittsburgh. Rutherford was Carolina’s GM from 1994-2014, leading the Canes to a Stanley Cup championship in 2006 and a Cup Final appearance in 2002.
- G Marc-Andre Fleury celebrates his 30th birthday tonight.
Stick tap: Pens PR--Sam Kasan