After two decisive victories, allowing only one goal in their first two games, the Pittsburgh Penguins get a visit from Jordan Staal and new metropolitan division foes, the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night. The Penguins are coming off a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night, and the Hurricanes come into Pittsburgh after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1 on Sunday night, putting Peter Laviolette on the unemployment line.
When and where: Consol Energy Center (Pittsburgh, PA); 7:00 pm/et (Root Sports, FS-CR)
Records: Penguins (2-0-0, 4 pts.); Hurricanes (1-0-1, 3 pts.)
Last meeting: The Penguins and Hurricanes last met in the regular season finale for both squads back on April 27th. In the 8-3 beating Pittsburgh put on Carolina, James Neal registered a hat trick plus one assist, while Jussi Jokinen added two goals of his own. Additional goals were tallied by Evgeni Malkin, Brenden Morrow, and Matt Cooke, and Marc-Andre Fleury made twenty-seven saves for win number twenty-three on the season.
Players to keep an eye on:
1. Alexander Semin: The second-highest point man in Carolina last season with forty-four points in forty-four games, Semin has failed to register a single point in two games this season. However, it could take a visit to Pittsburgh to get the twenty-nine year old on the scoresheet. In twenty-seven career games against the Penguins, Alex Semin has scored twenty-four points (11G, 13A).
2. Chuck Kobasew: Yeah, Chuck Kobasew. The training camp invitee who signed a contract a day or two before the season started has a two-game goal-scoring streak to start his Penguins career. Kobasew has seemed to gel well with Brandon Sutter, who has assisted in each of Kobasew’s goals this year. Can the man make it three for three?
Penguins: G Tomas Vokoun (blood clot), D Kris Letang (lower body), LW James Neal (upper body), RW Matt D’Agostini (lower body)
Hurricanes: C Tuomo Ruutu (lower body), D Tim Gleason (concussion), D Joni Pitkanen (heel), C Elias Lindholm (arm)
-Not only is Brandon Sutter facing his former team once again, but this time he is also facing his cousin, Brett.
-Evgeni Malkin vs. Cam Ward never seems to get old.
-Marc-Andre Fleury was named NHL Third Star of the Week.
-Staals on Staals.
Projected lines (via dailyfaceoff.com):
14 Chris Kunitz-87 Sidney Crosby (C)-9 Pascal Dupuis
36 Jussi Jokinen-71 Evgeni Malkin (A)-19 Beau Bennett
17 Dustin Jeffrey-16 Brandon Sutter-12 Chuck Kobasew
15 Tanner Glass-46 Joe Vitale-27 Craig Adams
44 Brooks Orpik (A)-7 Paul Martin
4 Rob Scuderi-2 Matt Niskanen
3 Olli Maatta-41 Robert Bortuzzo
29 Marc-Andre Fleury (2-0-0, 0.50 GAA, .979 Save %, 1 SO)
19 Jiri Tlusty-12 Eric Staal (C)-28 Alexander Semin
14 Nathan Gerbe-11 Jordan Staal (A)-39 Pat Dwyer
53 Jeff Skinner-20 Riley Nash-18 Radek Dvorak
42 Brett Sutter-16 Elias Lindholm-21 Drayson Bowman
27 Justin Faulk-4 Andrej Sekera
73 Brett Bellemore-65 Ron Hainsey
44 Jay Harrison-7 Ryan Murphy
30 Cam Ward (0-0-1, 2.86 GAA, .921 Save %, 0 SO)