NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, October 23rd
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (3-1-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (4-2-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins will aim for their third
consecutive victory tonight, when they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes for a
battle at Mellon Arena.
The Penguins began the season with a 1-1-1 record, but have won three of four
games since, including their most recent triumph, a 2-1 victory in Boston on
Evgeni Malkin's goal in the fifth round of the shootout lifted Pittsburgh over
the Bruins, 2-1, spoiling Boston's home opener.
The shootout was tied at 1-1 after Boston's Phil Kessel got a backhander over
a sprawled Dany Sabourin in the first round, and Pittsburgh's Petr Sykora
slipped a backhander past Tim Thomas in the second.
In the fifth round, Malkin skated in wide and faked once before snapping a
quick shot into the left side of the net. Marc Savard had a chance to tie up
the shootout again, but Sabourin sent the puck wide to seal the win for the
Sabourin, making his first appearance of the season, stopped 35-of-36 shots
through the end of overtime for Pittsburgh. Miroslav Satan scored the lone
goal in regulation for the Pens.
Pittsburgh No. 1 goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to start between the
pipes for the Penguins tonight. Fleury is just 1-2-1 with a 3.25 goals against
average in his career against the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes will continue their longest road trip of the season tonight as
they take the ice for the third stop on a six-game swing. Carolina is 1-0-1 so
far on the trek and was able to pick up a win Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks
as Eric Staal registered a goal and an assist to lead the 'Canes to the 3-1
decision at the Honda Center.
Rod Brind'Amour and Ryan Bayda also scored for the Hurricanes, who snapped a
two-game losing streak.
Niclas Wallin had two assists and Michael Leighton made 32 saves to get the
Carolina is 2-0-1 as the visiting team this season, while the Pens are 2-2-1
The Hurricanes have taken three of five and six of the last nine encounters
with the Penguins. However, Carolina has lost three straight in the Steel
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