Carolina Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Penguins: Preview, Lineups, and Game Discussion

First place in the Metropolitan Division is up for grabs in Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon as the Canes and Penguins come to a matinee meeting, both sitting on 70 points (although the Canes have three games in hand).

If it feels like it’s been a while since you’ve seen the pens, that’s because it has been. With Sunday’s matchup, the first of the year between division opponents, the Hurricanes and Penguins will meet for the first time since March 2020.

It’s also the first game of a very strange tackle for the Canes, who will follow a Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh with a rare Monday afternoon appearance in Philadelphia.

For the Canes, Pittsburgh native Vincent Trocheck is a question mark for the road trip, with Rod Brind’Amour saying on Saturday he was “hopeful” Trocheck would be able to without knowing a real update.

vital statistics

category hurricanes penguins
category hurricanes penguins
vinyl record 33-11-4 31-12-8
goals/game 3.48 3.29
goals against/game 2.40 2.57
shots/game 33.10 34.84
Face Off Win % 53.6% 50.6%
Power Play % (Rank) 24.8% (7th) 21.4% (12th)
Penalty Shootout % (Rank) 89.9% (1st) 87.1% (2nd place)
ES Corsi for % 54.51% 52.52%
IT PDO 101.56 100.58
PIM/Game 09:15 06:28

Goalkeeper #1

category Frederick Anderson Louis Domingue
category Frederick Anderson Louis Domingue
vinyl record 26-7-2 1-0-0
Save on computer % .927 .976
GAA 2.10 0.98

Goalkeeper #2

category Anti Ranta Tristan Jarry
category Anti Ranta Tristan Jarry
vinyl record 6-3-1 25-9-6
Save on computer % .909 .923
GAA 2.39 2.25

game notes

  • The Canes and Penguins meet for the first time since March 8, 2020. That game, the penultimate for Carolina before the 2020 season was abandoned, was a 6-2 Canes win with goals from Morgan Geekie (x2), Jaccob Slavin, Jake Gardiner and Justin Williams (x2). Times have certainly changed.
  • Carolina is 65-68-11-7 all-time against the Penguins and 29-36-6-4 in Pittsburgh.
  • Nino Niederreiter’s 700th NHL game will take place on Sunday.
  • Antti Raanta is one win in 100 in his NHL career. He’ll likely have the opportunity to get that sometime in the next two days.
  • Derek Stepan has 499 NHL points, a tally he’s had in the past four games.


Carolina hurricanes

Andrei Svechnikov – Sebastian Aho – Teuvo Teravainen
Steven Lorentz – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Martin Necas
Nino Niederreiter – Jordan Staal – Jesper Fast
Jordan Martinook – Derek Stepan – Seth Jarvis

Jacob Slavin-Tony DeAngelo
Brady Skjei – Brett Pesce
Ian ColeBrendan Smith

Anti Ranta
Frederick Anderson

Injuries and scratches: Ethan Bear (healthy), Vincent Trocheck (upper body, game decider)

Pittsburgh penguins

Jake Guentzel – Sidney Crosby – Bryan Rust
Danton Heinen – Evgeni Malkin – Jeff Carter
Brock McGinn, Evan Rodrigues, Kasperi Kapanen
Zach Aston Reese – Brian Boyle – Dominik Simon

Brian Dumoulin, Kris Letang
Marcus PetterssonJohn Marino
Mike Matheson – Chad Ruhwedel

Tristan Jarry
Casey DeSmith

Injuries and scratches: Mark Friedman (healthy), Radim Zohorna (healthy), Jason Zuker (core), Teddy Blueger (jaw), Louis Domingue (lower body), Drew O’Connor (upper body)

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