NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, October 14th
(All times eastern)
Pittsburgh Penguins (5-1-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (2-3-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins hope
to keep their perfect record as the visitor intact Wednesday night, when they
conclude a four-game road trip against the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center.
Pittsburgh has won the first three tests of this trek, including Monday's 4-1
victory at Ottawa thanks to a pair of goals from Tyler Kennedy. Bill Guerin
and Jordan Staal also hit the back of the net for the Penguins, who are 4-0-0
away from the Steel City and have won five of six to begin the season.
"You have to go out and win games together as a team," said Penguins head
coach Dan Bylsma. "It's killing penalties, it's getting goals from your third
line, it's your goaltender coming up big, it's your big guys on certain night
and your power plays on other nights. We've been able to do that for this road
trip and it's set ourselves up to have a real good road trip."
Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves in the win. The Penguins have never started a
season with five straight victories on the road, but have lost eight of their
last 10 regular-season trips to Carolina. They are also visiting the 'Canes
for the first time since sweeping them in the Eastern Conference finals back
Carolina will try to get back in the win column this evening after having its
brief two-game winning streak stopped with Monday's 5-2 loss at Tampa Bay.
Rod Brind'Amour and Eric Staal provided the goals for Carolina, which was
coming off a seven-goal performance against Florida on Friday. Cam Ward
allowed four goals on 38 shots in the most recent setback.
"He played really well, he's been solid for us all year," Eric Staal said of
Ward. "We had them 2-2 going into the third. On the road, we were where we
wanted to be. We just weren't able to get the next one and give one up, and
two, it's a tough hole to come out of."
Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen is expected to miss the game as he
continues to recover from a surgically repaired knee. Staal missed practice on
Tuesday after leaving Monday's skate with an unspecified issue, but should be
in the lineup against the Pens and his brother Jordan.
Pittsburgh and Carolina have split the last 10 regular-season matchups between
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