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Saturday, November 29th (All times eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (5-11-4-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (6-10-7-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two of the Eastern Conference's worst clubs will be on display tonight when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center.

With 15 points, the Penguins are 14th in the East -- one ahead of the Washington Capitals. The Hurricanes, who have amassed 19 points, sit in 13th place.

Carolina is 1-4-2 in its last seven tries, including Friday's 4-2 loss to the red-hot Flyers in Philadelphia. Eric Staal and Jesse Boulerice scored for Carolina, which has just two wins in its last 10 games (2-5-3). Kevin Weekes, who had posted shutouts in each of his previous two games, allowed three goals on 28 shots.

Staal, the second-overall selection in the 2003 Entry Draft, scored his fifth goal of the season and is tied for second among rookies with 13 points.

Carolina, 4-3-4 on home ice, opens a three-game stand tonight and will welcome Nashville to town on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, is 1-3-1-1 in its last six, including Friday's 4-1 loss to the visiting NY Rangers. New York broke the match open with three goals in the third period.

Rico Fata scored the lone goal for the Penguins, who have only won twice in the last 11 games (2-7-1-1). Fata leads the team with eight tallies and 12 points.

Pittsburgh continued to play without captain Mario Lemieux, who is out indefinitely with a hip strain. The Hall of Famer has already missed 11 straight games because of the ailment.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who was picked ahead of Staal at the Draft, made 31 saves in defeat and has lost his last six starts.

The Penguins, 2-6-1-1 on the road, will host Atlanta on Monday.

Pittsburgh and Carolina skated to a 1-1 tie in the Steel City on October 22, and the Pens are 2-1-1 in the last four meetings. The clubs are 1-1-2 in the last four clashes in Raleigh.

11/29 10:19:41 ET

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