Game Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins @ Carolina Hurricanes 1/14/2023 – Lines, How to Watch

from: Pittsburgh Penguins (21-14-6, 48 points, 5 Metropolitan division place) @ Carolina Hurricanes (269-7, 59 points, first place in the Capital Division)

when: 7:00 p.m. ET

How do you watch: AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh in the Western PA show market, Bally Sports South for the Caniacs, NHL Network outside the home market

discount path: The Hurricanes ran out of steam after an 11-game winning streak and recently struggled through four straight losses, although they did pick up more than enough points to stay comfortably atop the D.C. Division. They snapped out of the doldrums on Thursday, scoring six goals against the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

Track the pens forward: Buckle up and keep going for a lot of hockey over the next couple of weeks, because after your back-to-back set this weekend, the Penguins play every day until the All-Star break.

season seriesIt’s been a painful season so far against the Hurricanes, with the Penguins gaining two points and three heartbreaks. On November 29, a Jake Guentzel tying goal with less than a minute left in regulation wasn’t enough to prevent the Hurricanes from regaining the lead in the OT. On December 18, the Hurricanes wiped out the Penguins’ lead in the third period to 2-1 in time for a 3-2 victory in regulation. Four days later, the Penguins blew another lead in the third period, losing 23 seconds in overtime.

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attackers

Max Pacioretty (?) – Sebastian Aho – Seth Jarvis

Andrey Svishnikov – Paul Stastny – Marin Nikas

Jordan Martinock – Jordan Stahl – Jasper Fast

Teofo Teravainen – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Stefan Noesen

Defense

Jacob Slavin / Brent Burns

Brady Skegee / Brett Pesci

Calvin de Haan / Galen Chatfield

Goal: Frederick Andersen, Pyotr Kochetkov

scratches: Derek Stepan, Dylan Coghlan, Ante Ranta

IR: Ondrej Kase, Jake Gardiner

  • After missing 29 games due to a lower-body injury, Fredrik Andersen returned to clinch the Hurricanes on Thursday. (This is perfect timing for the stick, as Penguins backup Pyotr Kochetkov – though a famous killer – has struggled recently, allowing four goals in each of his last three starts.) Andersen made 21 saves on 23 shots during a 6-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
  • Just a week after freshening up from the IR after recovering from surgery on a torn Achilles tendon, Matt Pacioretty left Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury (unrelated to his Achilles tendon, according to Hurricanes PR). It is not clear if he will play tonight. .

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  • The Penguins have one defenseman with more than 15 points so far this season (Chris Letang.) The Hurricanes have three points above that cut (Brent Burns with 29, Brady Skegee with 19 and Brett Pesci with 17). The highest blue stripes in the NHL. Defenseman scored five goals for the Hurricanes on Thursday, including a shortstop tally from Jalen Chatfield.

And now for the pens…

Possible play lines

attackers

Jake Genzel – Sidney Crosby – Brian Rust

Jason Zucker – Evgeni Malkin – Richard Raquel

Drew O’Connor – Jeff Carter – Caspre Kapanen

Danton Heinen – Teddy Plowger – Brock McGinn

defense

Brian Dumoulin / Mark Friedman

T Smith / Chad Rohwedl

PO Joseph / Jan Rota

Goal: Casey Desmith (Dustin Tokarski started against the Jets last night)

scratches: Taylor Feddon and Marcus Peterson (ill)

Not included in the list: Chris Letang (branches of the family)

IR: Jeff Petrie (upper body, LTIR), Josh Archibald, Tristan Jarry, Ryan Boehling

  • The Penguins flew to North Carolina after last night’s loss to the Winnipeg Jets. We’ll get a tip on Marcus Peterson (who missed Friday’s competition due to illness) sometime today.
  • Jeff Petrie, Ryan Boeling and Jeff Petrie Annie were skating before practice.
  • Mike Sullivan’s decimated defense pairings got stuck in the mixer last night with Peterson absent, which led to the introduction of first pairing Mark Friedman. The mystery of what we’ll see on the blue line tonight is just one of the many exhilarating things to watch a Penguins hockey game.
  • After Tokarski started last night, Casey Desmith will start for the first time since being pulled after hitting three goals in seven minutes against the visiting Canucks earlier this week. Head coach Mike Sullivan compared DeSmith’s play to that of the team as a whole—inconsistent. via Sports IllustratedNick Hornwatt:

“It’s probably similar to what our team was like, flip flops. He had moments where he was really strong and gave us a chance to win. Others, where you want him to bring more consistency.” —Mike Sullivan on the Casey DeSmith channel

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