Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Carolina Hurricanes GameDay, TV/Radio, And Preview


The Pittsburgh Penguins (15-4-2, 32 points) look to build a three-game win streak tonight when they welcome Metropolitan Division opponent, the Carolina Hurricanes to the Steel City.

The Black and Gold are coming off a sweep of the regular season series with Toronto on Wednesday, as they beat the Maple Leafs 4-3 in overtime.

Bill Peters’ squad (6-12-3, 15 points) is in seventh place in the Metro Division, and seek to snap a three-game losing streak on the road this evening. They were shut out on Wednesday 1-0 by the Panthers in Florida. Their 2-9-2 record on the road is the worst in the National Hockey League.

Tonight is the first meeting between the two teams this season, and the front end of a home-and-home set this weekend. All together, Pittsburgh and Carolina will drop the puck against each other four times in 2014-2015.

When: Friday, Nov. 28

Puck Drop: 7:05 p.m.

Site: CONSOL Energy Center

Television: ROOT Sports Network

Announcers: Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey

Radio Coverage: 105.9 FM – The X and the Penguins Radio Network

Announcers: Mike Lange and Phil Bourque

Live Video Steam: NHL GameCenter LIVE

Audio Stream: Penguins Radio 24/7

Sirius XM Satellite Radio: XM Channel 221, XM Internet 942

Odds: Penguins -1.5 According to Bovada Online Sportsbook with the Over/Under at 5.5.

The Pens took three out of four contests last season against the Canes. The two teams combined for 23 goals on 240 shots over the quartet of games. However in the fourth and final meeting last season, Carolina skated to a 4-1 victory on April 1 in Pittsburgh.

It could be an interesting matchup of special teams as 14 of the Penguins’ 24 powerplay goals this season have come on home ice, while the Hurricanes have a decent penalty kill on the road as they have blocked 83.8 percent of their opponents’ chances with the man advantage.

Carolina center Riley Nash is the leader in points with 15 on four goals and 11 assists, while center Eric Staal has six goals and seven assists for 13 points in 16 games after returning from injury.

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According to Michael Smith of the Hurricanes team web site, Cam Ward is slated to get the call in goal. It is his 12th start this month and fifth in a row. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound netminder has a 2.11 goals-against-average and a .933 save percentage in November.

Sidney Crosby became the sixth-fastest player in NHL history to record 800 career points. The Captain did it in 571 games. The five players to do it faster were Wayne Gretzky in 352 contests, Mario Lemieux in 410, Mike Bossy in 525, Peter Stastny in 531, and Jari Kurri in 558 games.

It has been noted that Pittsburgh has the league’s No. 1 power play unit, converting 33.3 percent of its chances. It is Evgini Malkin who is leading the charge this season with the man advantage, as he is second on the team in powerplay points with 14, and first in powerplay goals with seven.

Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff is not only the leader for the Pens, but tied for fourth in the league in plus/minus with a +13 this season while right wing Steve Downie has staked out first place on the team in penalty minutes with 79.

Up Next: The Black and Gold load up their suitcases and journey to PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, Nov. 29 for a return bout with the Carolina Hurricanes. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.

From The Clipboard: With nine victories in the month of November, Pittsburgh is just one shy of tying a team record for wins in November. They won 10 in 1995 and 2010…All eight of Blake Comeau’s goals this season have come at home…Make sure you stay in your seats during the first period as the Penguins have put up 30 goals so far in the opening frame this season.