NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, November 29th
(All times eastern)
Pittsburgh Penguins (5-11-4-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (6-10-7-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two of the Eastern Conference's worst clubs will be on
display tonight when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Carolina Hurricanes at
With 15 points, the Penguins are 14th in the East -- one ahead of the
Washington Capitals. The Hurricanes, who have amassed 19 points, sit in 13th
Carolina is 1-4-2 in its last seven tries, including Friday's 4-2 loss to the
red-hot Flyers in Philadelphia. Eric Staal and Jesse Boulerice scored for
Carolina, which has just two wins in its last 10 games (2-5-3). Kevin Weekes,
who had posted shutouts in each of his previous two games, allowed three goals
on 28 shots.
Staal, the second-overall selection in the 2003 Entry Draft, scored his fifth
goal of the season and is tied for second among rookies with 13 points.
Carolina, 4-3-4 on home ice, opens a three-game stand tonight and will welcome
Nashville to town on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, is 1-3-1-1 in its last six, including Friday's 4-1 loss
to the visiting NY Rangers. New York broke the match open with three goals in
the third period.
Rico Fata scored the lone goal for the Penguins, who have only won twice in
the last 11 games (2-7-1-1). Fata leads the team with eight tallies and 12
Pittsburgh continued to play without captain Mario Lemieux, who is out
indefinitely with a hip strain. The Hall of Famer has already missed 11
straight games because of the ailment.
Marc-Andre Fleury, who was picked ahead of Staal at the Draft, made 31 saves
in defeat and has lost his last six starts.
The Penguins, 2-6-1-1 on the road, will host Atlanta on Monday.
Pittsburgh and Carolina skated to a 1-1 tie in the Steel City on October 22,
and the Pens are 2-1-1 in the last four meetings. The clubs are 1-1-2 in the
last four clashes in Raleigh.
11/29 10:19:41 ET