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Tuesday, January 2nd (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (21-16-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (16-15-6), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to remain on the winning track tonight, as they welcome the defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes to Mellon Arena.

The Pens halted a five-game losing streak Friday night against Toronto. Marc- Andre Fleury made 30 saves to help Pittsburgh to a 4-1 triumph over the Maple Leafs at Mellon Arena.

Sidney Crosby had three assists for the Penguins. The 19-year-old phenom leads the NHL in points (58) and assists (41) this year.

Sergei Gonchar and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal and an assist, while Jordan Staal and Erik Christensen also lit the lamp for Pittsburgh, which snapped a seven-game home losing streak versus Toronto.

Tonight marks the end of a three-game homestand for the Penguins, who are 9-8-3 in the Steel City this year.

The Hurricanes are coming off a setback, as they dropped a 5-2 decision to visiting Philadelphia on New Year's Eve. Robert Esche's 40 saves led the Flyers to the victory at the RBC Center.

Ray Whitney scored twice and Eric Belanger had two assists for the Hurricanes, who have dropped two of their last three games but have still won four of six.

Carolina goaltender Cam Ward had his personal five-game winning streak halted, making just 14 saves on the night.

The Hurricanes are 10-10-3 as the visiting team this year and will try to win for the fourth time in five road games tonight.

Carolina is 2-0 against the Pens this season and has taken three straight and five of the last six meetings.

01/02 11:08:44 ET


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