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Penguins Report: Game Day vs. Carolina

Monday, 10.28.2013 / 9:46 AM / Penguins Report
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Penguins Report: Game Day vs. Carolina
Get the latest roster and injury updates before the Pens battle the Hurricanes



VERIZON GAME DAY REPORT
Katie O'Malley and Sam Kasan have the latest going into tonight's game between the Metropolitan Division's top two teams.


--Michelle Crechiolo



TODAY'S INTERVIEWS
PensTV spoke with Jussi Jokinen and Matt D'Agostini.

JUSSI JOKINEN


MATT D'AGOSTINI


--Michelle Crechiolo



QUOTE 'EM




--Sam Kasan



SCUDERI UPDATE
Head coach Dan Bylsma said that defenseman Rob Scuderi has returned to Pittsburgh and will be re-evaluated this afternoon by doctors for his lower-body injury.

Scuderi suffered the injury in the Pens' last game Saturday night in Toronto after getting hit by David Clarkson.

--Sam Kasan



PENS SKATE PICS


The Pens will be counting on their captain to help them get back on track tonight in Carolina.


Former Hurricane Jussi Jokinen had a hat trick in the first meeting between the teams this season...can he bring a similar spark tonight?


Looks like goalie coach Mike Bales is hiding his epic mustache in this photo (both goalies and their coach had to grow them after losing the Mustache Boy shootout at the beginning of the month). Don't be shy, Balesy! Show it off!


Jeff Zatkoff makes a blocker save on Matt Niskanen, who was on a 2-on-1 with Paul Martin.


Speaking of Paul Martin, here he waits for the team to start working on the power play...


There he is, manning the point along with Kris Letang


Geno's open in the slot...


But Sid gets the puck and takes a shot from the circle. Getting the power play producing again could be key to ending the Pens' three-game losing skid. It's 1-for-15 over their last three games.


Malkin, Megna and coach Dan


We see you smiling, Sid

--Michelle Crechiolo and Sam Kasan



PENS SKATE INFO
As expected, defenseman Rob Scuderi was not on the ice for morning skate after sustaining a lower-body injury on Saturday in Toronto (he left the game in the second period and did not return). With Scuderi out, it looks like D-turned-forward Deryk Engelland has moved back into the defensive rotation after playing two straight games up top and Dustin Jeffrey, who was a healthy scratch for the last five games, will replace him on the fourth line. Forwards James Neal and Beau Bennett were also missing.

Here's how the lines looked...
Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis
Jokinen-Malkin-D'Agostini
Glass-Sutter-Kobasew
Jeffrey-Vitale-Adams

And here are the D-pairings without Scuderi...
Orpik-Martin
Niskanen-Letang
Maatta-Bortuzzo/Engelland

First PP unit: Martin, Letang, Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz.
Second PP unit: Maatta, Niskanen, Jokinen, Sutter, D'Agostini.

--Michelle Crechiolo and Sam Kasan



'CANES PRACTICE PICS
Sam Kasan was tracking the storm at the Hurricanes morning skate and got these pics...


Oh hey Jordan


Staalsy looking a lot less intimidating in this photo than the previous one


'Canes coach Kirk Muller was drafted second overall by New Jersey in 1984 behind Mario Lemieux


'Canes players doing a drill


Tuomo Ruutu displaying perfect form on his follow-through



--Michelle Crechiolo and Sam Kasan



PLAYS OF THE WEEK



--Sam Kasan



PENS-CANES PREVIEW
For a preview of tonight's contest between the Pens and 'Canes click here. For a scouting report on Carolina watch the video below.



--Sam Kasan



START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans! Tonight the Pens hope to end their three-game slide with a win in Carolina against the Hurricanes. Some info on the game below...

  • The Penguins finish a two-game road trip against the Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m.; TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio: 105.9 the X) at PNC Arena.
  • Pittsburgh is trying to end its first three-game losing streak since it had a six-game losing streak between Dec. 29, 2011 and Jan. 11, 2012.
  • The Penguins enter tonight’s game with a three-game winning streak against Carolina. During this streak the Penguins have outscored the Hurricanes by an 18-8 margin.
  • Pittsburgh is 9-3 in its last 12 overall games against the Hurricanes.
  • Due to injuries to Carolina’s top-two netminders –Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin –the Penguins figure to see either Justin Peters or Mike Murphy between the pipes tonight. Pittsburgh has won four straight games in which they’ve faced Peters. In those four games the Penguins have scored 20 goals. Pittsburgh has yet to face the rookie Murphy.


(Stick tap: Pens PR)

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Today, we'll start the day with a little Ryan Adams. Here is a live version of "Oh My Sweet Carolina."



--Sam Kasan

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