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Carolina Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Penguins: Lineups and Game Discussion

The Canes embark on a massive five-game road trip beginning in the Steel City.

Jamie Kellner

The Carolina Hurricanes currently sit three points behind the Blue Jackets for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference as they head to Pittsburgh to begin a five-game road trip.

The Canes will seek to better their recent work against the Penguins, as they are 2-10 in their last 12 against the Metro Division rival. Nino Niederreiter has gotten off to a terrific start in a Canes sweater as he has netted five goals in just six contests. He will continue to operate alongside All-Star Sebastian Aho and Justin Williams. With a four game week commencing, bagging two points at the outset would set the Canes out on the correct foot for what may well be the biggest road trip of the season.

Below are the projected lines for coach Rod Brind’Amour. Curtis McElhinney has been confirmed as the starting goaltender.

Nino NiederreiterSebastian Aho – Justin Williams
Micheal FerlandLucas WallmarkTeuvo Teravainen
Andrei SvechnikovJordan MartinookBrock McGinn
Warren FoegeleGreg McKeggSaku Maenalanen

Jaccob SlavinDougie Hamilton
Brett PesceJustin Faulk
Calvin de Haan – Trevor van Riemsdyk

Curtis McElhinney
Petr Mrazek

Injuries and Scratches: Haydn Fleury (healthy), Jordan Staal (IR, upper body)

The Penguins welcome the Hurricanes on 80’s Night at PPG Paints Arena. Coming off a Saturday night defeat at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Pens will be seeking to improve on their tenuous hold on a Metro Division playoff spot that currently sees them sitting in a tie for second place.

While there has been no official word on Evgeni Malkin’s status for tonight’s game, he is unexpected to suit up against the Canes. Coach Mike Sullivan confirmed that defenseman Justin Schultz continues his efforts to return, but will not be active tonight. Matt Murray is confirmed in net.

Below are the projected lines for the Pens for Tuesday:

Jake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Bryan Rust
Tanner Pearson - Nick Bjugstad - Phil Kessel
Dominik Simon - Jared McCann - Patric Hornqvist
Teddy Blueger - Matt Cullen - Garrett Wilson

Brian Dumoulin - Kris Letang
Olli Maatta - Juuso Riikola
Marcus Pettersson - Jack Johnson

Matt Murray
Casey DeSmith

Injuries and Scratches: Zach Aston-Reese (IR, broken hand), Evgeni Malkin (upper body), Chad Ruhwedel (healthy), Justin Schultz (LTIR, broken leg)