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The Hurricanes will try to bounce back against the dominant Penguins in a must win game in Pittsburgh.

Jamie Kellner

Carolina Hurricanes (35-28-14) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (47-19-11)

April 2, 2017 - 5:00 pm

PPG Paints Arena - Pittsburgh, PA

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Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 8-6 11-5
Goals/Game 2.79 3.31
Goals Against/Game 2.71 2.06
Shots/Game 30.9 34.3
Faceoff % 49.1% 53.3%
Power Play % (Rank) 10.0% (14) 31.9% (1)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 70.8% (14) 85.7% (4)
ES Corsi For % 55.61% 51.66%
ES PDO 101.2% 101.0
PIM/Game 8:38 6:30

Goaltender #1

Category Cam Ward Steve Mason
Category Cam Ward Steve Mason
Record 26-22-12 32-20-5
ES Save % .910 .919
GAA 2.69 2.66

Goaltender #2

Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Record 3-1 0-0
Save % .943 N/A
GAA 1.70 N/A

Game Notes

  • The Hurricanes trail Pittsburgh 60-63-17-1 all-time, including a 26-33-8-1 record on the road.
  • This will be the fourth and final meeting between the teams this season. The Canes have gone an ugly 0-3-0 in the 2016-17 season, being outscored 13 goals to 4. There’s nowhere to go but up from here.
  • Cam Ward is a solid 16-10-4 with a 2.44 GAA average in 30 career appearances against the Penguins.
  • The Penguins clinched a playoff berth almost two weeks ago, and it hasn't stopped them from playing good hockey. They scraped out a tough win against the Rangers on Friday in what could be a future playoff matchup.
  • Tonight’s game marks the first between the two teams since defensemen Ron Hainsey was traded. Hainsey played 300 games in a Carolina uniform before being moved at the deadline this season. He returned from an injury Friday against the Rangers, increasing the chances of his ending an NHL-record streak of most regular season games played without a playoff appearance.

Lines and Rosters

Without a morning skate coming off of the first game of a back to back, we can only assume that the Hurricanes will line up just as they did last night. With one exception: Bill Peters said that Eddie Lack was likely to play in the back to back set, and with Cam Ward playing last night, we're guessing that Peters will stick to his word and put Lack in goal tonight.

Sebastian Aho - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm

Joakim Nordstrom - Victor Rask - Teuvo Teravainen

Jeff Skinner - Derek Ryan - Lee Stempniak

Brock McGinn - Lucas Wallmark - Phil Di Giuseppe

Noah Hanifin - Justin Faulk

Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce

Klas Dahlbeck - Matt Tennyson

Eddie Lack

Cam Ward

Scratches: Jay McClement (lower-body), Ryan Murphy (lower-body)


After a solid season, the Penguins find themselves in the playoff mix for the 11th straight season. Here’s how you can expect them to line up tonight:

Jake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Conor Sheary

Bryan Rust - Nick Bonino - Patric Hornqvist

Chris Kunitz - Matt Cullen - Phil Kessel

Tom Kuhnhackl - Carter Rowney - Scott Wilson

Brian Dumoulin - Justin Schultz

Ian Cole - Chad Ruhwedel

Ron Hainsey - Mark Streit

Matt Murray

Marc-Andre Fleury