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Penguins at Hurricanes: Game Day Preview

The Carolina Hurricanes, (8-15-4) host the Pittsburgh Penguins, (15-7-4) tonight in another battle between one of the top teams and one of the bottom teams in the league.

The Canes have lost five games in a row and 12 of their last 15. The Pens have won three of their last four and currently sit in first place in the East.

Look for the same lineup as in recent games for the home team. Jay Harrison and Jamie McBain will sit this one out. Will the lines be mixed? There was no morning skate today, so we will find out at game time.

  • Skinner, Staal, Ruutu
  • Poni, Jokinen, LaRose
  • Tlusty, Sutter, Dwyer
  • Nodl, Brent, Stewart

Coach Muller did not commit to a starting goaltender, but Brent Johnson will be in net for the Penguins.

2011 - Brent Johnson 6 364 1 3 18 2.97 166 148 .892 0

Chip Alexander spoke with Muller this morning and has his take here at Canes Now.

Eric Staal and Joni Pitkanen have points in three straight games. Jeff Skinner has goals in two straight.

The Canes are 1-0 agains the Pens so far this season and earned a 5-3 win at the RBC on November 12.

The game will be televised by FS Carolinas. We will have our open thread and live blog up and running here at 6:30.