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HURRICANES (25-21-6) at PENGUINS (28-18-6)



The Game

The Carolina Hurricanes will try for their 11th win in 16 games when they play the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday.

Carolina, which is three points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, is 10-4-1 in its past 15 games and has scored at least five goals in two of its past three games.

The Penguins, who are four points behind the New York Islanders for first in the Metropolitan Division, have lost five of their past eight games (3-5-0), but have won two of their past three (2-1-0). They are 10-3-1 against Carolina since hiring coach Mike Sullivan on Dec. 12, 2015.

Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin will be out for the third straight game with an upper-body injury; he is day to day.


Players to watch

Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho has nine points (three goals, six assists) during a five-game point streak, and 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in his past nine games.

Penguins forward Jake Guentzel has 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in his past 13 games.


They said it

“When the plays are there, we have to make them. … Don’t get too, too creative because that’s not how we excel.” — Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour

“We’ve got to try to stop them from shooting, and we’ve got to shoot.” — Penguins coach Mike Sullivan


Hurricanes projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter — Sebastian Aho — Justin Williams

Micheal FerlandLucas WallmarkTeuvo Teravainen

Andrei SvechnikovJordan MartinookBrock McGinn

Warren FoegeleGreg McKegg Saku Maenalanen

Jaccob SlavinDougie Hamilton

Brett PesceJustin Faulk

Calvin de HaanTrevor van Riemsdyk

Curtis McElhinney

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Haydn Fleury

Injured: Jordan Staal (upper body)


Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel — Sidney CrosbyBryan Rust

Tanner PearsonNick BjugstadPhil Kessel

Dominik SimonJared McCannPatric Hornqvist

Teddy Blueger Matt CullenGarrett Wilson

Brian DumoulinKris Letang

Olli MaattaJuuso Riikola

Marcus PetterssonJack Johnson

Matt Murray

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel

Injured: Justin Schultz (left leg fracture), Zach Aston-Reese (upper body), Evgeni Malkin (upper body)


Status report

The Hurricanes, who did not hold a morning skate, are not expected to change their lines or defense pairs from a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames on Sunday. … Schultz, who has missed 48 games, will not play after taking contact for the first time at practice Monday and taking part in the morning skate Tuesday.


Stat pack

Williams will play his 400th game with the Hurricanes. … Martinook will play his 300th NHL game. … Letang needs one goal to pass Paul Coffey (108) for most by a defenseman in Penguins history. … Kessel needs two points to reach 800 in the NHL. He has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past nine games.

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