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Friday, October 19th (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (4-1-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (2-3-0), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes will continue what has so far been a successful road trip tonight, as they head to Pittsburgh and Mellon Arena to battle the Penguins.

After losing the first game of this trip, Carolina has responded with three consecutive wins, including a 3-1 victory over Montreal on Saturday. Matt Cullen's power-play goal in the final minute of the second period gave Carolina the lead for good, as the club rolled to the win.

Cam Ward stopped 23 shots, Cory Stillman also scored on the man advantage and Chad LaRose added an empty-net goal for the Hurricanes, who got two assists from Justin Williams. Williams has a goal and five helpers over his last three games.

Carolina will wrap its six-game trip on Saturday in Philadelphia.

The club, though, has a trio of hobbled players. Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (sprained right MCL) and Mike Commodore (hip), as well as forward Andrew Ladd (ankle) are all questionable for tonight's game. Commodore has missed four games so far this year, while Ladd has sat out three.

Pittsburgh has alternated wins and loses to start the season, and fell in defeat on Wednesday against New Jersey. Arron Asham scored the deciding goal midway through the third period, leading the Devils past the Penguins, 5-4.

Sergei Gonchar finished with a goal and two assists and Sidney Crosby had a pair of helpers for Pittsburgh, which is 2-3 on the young campaign. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots in a losing effort.

Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist, and has posted a point in each of Pittsburgh's first five games of the season (2 goals, 5 assists). He also has an assist in each game, as well. Crosby, meanwhile, has two goals and four assists in his last four games.

Season-opening streaks are nothing new for Malkin, who began his rookie campaign last year with a goal in each of his first six games.

Maxime Talbot scored and has goals in three straight games, four total over that span.

Tonight is the second of two straight home games for the Penguins.

The Penguins Jordan Staal is expected to battle brother Eric of the Hurricanes for the sixth time in their careers. Jordan, a rookie last season, has one assist in those meetings, while Eric has posted three goals and an assist while playing against his brother.

Carolina has already defeated Pittsburgh at home this year, a 4-1 season- opening victory, and has won five of the last six meetings in the series.

10/19 10:41:46 ET


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