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Friday, March 19th (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (25-30-13-5) at Pittsburgh Penguins (18-45-7-4), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two clubs playing out the string meet up tonight when the Pittsburgh Penguins welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to Mellon Arena.

On Wednesday the lowly Penguins had their surging momentum stopped, as Viktor Kozlov scored a goal and added three assists to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 6-1 rout of Pittsburgh at the Meadowlands.

Matt Hussey scored the lone goal for the Penguins, who entered the contest 5-0-1 in their previous six games. Pittsburgh was close to being shut out for the eighth time this season and for the third time by New Jersey.

Sebastien Caron started in net for Pittsburgh and surrendered five goals on 23 shots before being pulled late in the second period. Martin Brochu took over and stopped 18 shots in relief.

Pittsburgh, with 47 points, remains the worst club in the NHL -- five points behind Columbus in the overall league standings.

The Pens, 3-0-1 in their last four home games, will host the NY Rangers on Sunday.

Carolina, meanwhile, has won three of its last four games. On Wednesday, Erik Cole scored late in the third period to snap a tie and lift the Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.

Rod Brind'Amour set up the winning goal for his second assist and also scored once, as Carolina improved to 3-0-0-1 in its last four. Craig Adams found the back of the net for the Hurricanes, and Arturs Irbe finished with 21 saves.

The Hurricanes held a 49-23 shots advantage, but couldn't pull in front until just 4:22 remained in the contest. The 49 shots were a season-high for Carolina and the most for the franchise since the Hartford Whalers tallied 50 in a 1989 game.

Carolina, 4-0-1-1 in its last six road games, will finish a five-game trip Saturday in Ottawa.

The Canes are 2-0-1 against Pittsburgh this season, and 6-2-3 in the last 11 meetings.

03/19 10:18:37 ET

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