Preview: Pittsburgh at Carolina

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Friday, January 20, 2017
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
Matchup Edge
PIT Edge in: CAR
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to ride the momentum of their first road victory of the new calendar year into Friday's tilt with the host Carolina Hurricanes, who have won four in a row at home and boast a 14-1-1 mark in their last 16 games at PNC Arena. Evgeni Malkin failed to record a point in Pittsburgh's 3-2 win over Carolina on Dec. 28, but extended his point streak to five games (five goals, two assists) with an assist in Wednesday's 4-1 victory over Montreal.

Malkin has 33 points (13 goals, 20 assists) in his past 24 contests and moved into a second-place tie with teammate Sidney Crosby with 50 points (21 goals, 29 assists), trailing only Edmonton's Connor McDavid. Crosby was kept off the scoresheet against the Canadiens, but scored in the first encounter with Carolina to give him 45 points (13 goals, 32 assists) in 36 career meetings. Veteran Cam Ward has seen his fair share of Malkin and Crosby over the years and, perhaps surprisingly, enjoyed considerable success with a 16-8-4 career mark versus Pittsburgh, but coach Bill Peters dismissed the notion that the workhorse goaltender has shown signs of slowing down after surrendering four goals in each of his last two outings. "He's fine," Peters said on Thursday. "We need to play better in front of him, limit the quality of the shots. We were a step behind on a lot of those plays."

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ROOT (Pittsburgh), FSN Carolinas

ABOUT THE PENGUINS (28-11-5): Carl Hagelin hit the ground running with Pittsburgh last season, erupting for 10 goals and 27 points in just 37 games since coming over in a deal with Anaheim and playing an integral part of the vaunted "HBK Line" to boot. The 28-year-old Swede has found the going much tougher in 2016-17 and has been limited to just one assist in his last six games, but perhaps a date with Carolina will reinvigorate him. Hagelin scored the go-ahead goal with 4:15 remaining in the third period of the first encounter for his 20th point (six goals, 14 assists) in 21 career encounters with the Hurricanes.

ABOUT THE HURRICANES (21-16-7): Former Penguin Jordan Staal is looking to put Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Columbus in his rear-view mirror, as he lost eight of 10 faceoffs and registered a minus-2 rating. Linemates Brock McGinn and Elias Lindholm were singing a familiar tune after posting minus-3 performances, although Lindholm did score in the last meeting with Pittsburgh. Rookie Sebastian Aho, who is tied for third on the team with 24 points, had an assist in the contest and scored for the fourth time this month in the loss to the Blue Jackets.

OVERTIME

1. Carolina, which is 0-for-12 on the power play in the last six games, did not have an opportunity with the man advantage in the first meeting with Pittsburgh.

2. Pittsburgh's top-ranked offense has scored 12 goals in its last two contests after mustering half that total during its three-game losing skid.

3. Hurricanes LW Teuvo Teravainen has a goal and two assists in his last two games after being held to just one point in his previous five.

PREDICTION: Penguins 4, Hurricanes 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Pittsburgh 28-11-4-1 W2 19-2-2-0 9-9-2-1 1-1-0-0 27-10-4-1 11-5-0-0
Carolina 21-16-3-4 L1 15-4-0-1 6-12-3-3 3-2-0-0 18-14-3-4 4-8-0-2

Last Meeting

Pittsburgh Carolina
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
12/28/16 CAR 2 PIT 3 26 44 0-0 46 23 0-0

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
PIT N. Bonino 1
CAR S. Aho 1
Goals Player  
PIT S. Crosby 1
CAR E. Lindholm 1
Assists Player  
PIT N. Bonino 1
CAR S. Aho 1
Saves Player  
PIT M. Murray 25
CAR C. Ward 23
Season
Total Points Player  
PIT S. Crosby 50
CAR J. Skinner 35
Goals Player  
PIT S. Crosby 27
CAR J. Skinner 17
Assists Player  
PIT P. Kessel 29
CAR V. Rask 19
Saves Player  
PIT M. Fleury 747
CAR C. Ward 935

Quickchart Matchup

Pittsburgh Off vs  Carolina Def
3.52 GF
2.66 GA
34.5 Shots
27.8 Shots
35 PP
12 PK
Carolina Off vs  Pittsburgh Def
2.73 GF
2.98 GA
30.5 Shots
32.2 Shots
21 PP
33 PK

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Pittsburgh Overall Carolina
28-11-4-1 W/L 21-16-3-4
17-27 ATS 27-17
28-12 O/U 18-19
3.52 Goals For 2.73
2.98 Goals Agnst 2.66
Pittsburgh A/H Carolina
9-9-2-1 W/L 15-4-0-1
6-15 ATS 9-11
13-7 O/U 9-6
2.86 Goals For 3.25
3.33 Goals Agnst 2.45