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Pens Preview Game 31- Penguins at Hurricanes: Win Streak Showdown

Dueling 7 And 5 Game Win Streaks Are On The Line As The Pens Clash With The Canes.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Bryan Rust vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Photo by Karl DeBlaker/NHLI via Getty Images

Heading into tonight's game the Hurricanes have a five-game win streak and 10 game point streak. The Penguins have a seven-game win streak. Both teams are battling within the Metro Division for playoff position and one thing is for sure- there will finally be a streak snapped by the end of Sunday.


The Pens will luckily have Evgeni Malkin in the lines to try to be the ones who preserve their winning record. He was not seriously injured after taking a puck to the knee in Florida and practiced in full yesterday. That's a hugely lucky break for a team already dealing with major losses in Jason Zucker and Jeff Petry on both sides of the blue line.


And now the game deets:

GAME INFO

Pens Game #31: Penguins at Hurricanes

Date: December 18, 2022

Time: 5 PM (ET)

Place: Raleigh, NC

Venue: PNC Arena

Broadcasts: Local- ATTSN, National- ESPN+

Social Media Hashtags #: #LetsGoPens #LetsGoCanes


TEAM MATCHUP

Records- PIT: 18-8-4, CAR: 18-6-6

Last 10- PIT: 8-1-1, CAR: 8-0-2

Streaks- PIT: 7 Wins, CAR: 4 Wins

Standings- PIT: 9th, CAR: 6th

Points- PIT: 40, CAR: 42

Season Series- 1-0 CAR

Series Goals For- PIT: 2, CAR: 3

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Carolina Hurricanes
via NHL.com

GOALIE MATCHUP

Projected starting goalies:

-CASEY DESMITH- #1

[Pittsburgh Penguins]

Bio Info: 6' 0", 181 lbs. DOB: 8/13/1991 (31). From: Rochester, NH

Drafted: Undrafted; Experience: 5th Season

Record: 4-5-1, 2.80 GAA, .916 SV%

Career vs. CAR: 1-0-1, 1.95 GAA, .948 SV%

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-PYOTR KOCHETKOV-

[Carolina Hurricanes]

Bio Info: 6' 3", 205 lbs. DOB: 6/25/1999 (23). From: Penza, Russia

Drafted: 2019- Rd 2, Pk 36 (CAR). Experience: Rookie

Record: 8-4-1, 2.01 GAA, .923 SV%

Career vs. PIT: 1-0-0, 1.93 GAA, .938 SV%


PENGUINS UPDATE

-Injury Report-

-Jeff Petry (D): IR, upper body, out until January.

-Jason Zucker (F): lower body, week-to-week.


-Pens Lines-

The projected Penguins lines for Sunday, December 18 at the Carolina Hurricanes:


(Forwards)

Jake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Rickard Rakell

Jason Zucker - Evgeni Malkin - Bryan Rust

Brock McGinn - Jeff Carter - Danton Heinen

Ryan Poehling - Teddy Blueger - Josh Archibald


(Defense)

Marcus Pettersson - Kris Letang

Brian Dumoulin - Jan Rutta

P. O. Joseph - Jeff Petry


(Special Teams)

PP1: Malkin, Crosby, Guentzel, Petry, Letang

PP2: Carter, Rust, Rakell, Zucker, Joseph

PK1: Blueger, McGinn, Dumoulin, Rutta

PK2: Poehling, Archibald, Petry, Pettersson


OPPONENT UPDATE

-Injury Report-

-Frederik Andersen (G): IR, lower body, out week-to-week.

-Jake Gardiner (D): LTIR, hip, out for 2022-23.

-Ondrej Kase (F): IR, concussion, out week-to-week.

-Max Pacioretty (F): IR, achilles, out until February.

-Teuvo Teravainen (F): IR, upper body, out week-to-week.


DIMERS.COM ONES TO WATCH

For The Penguins: Bryan Rust. Bryan is officially back. Rusty is on a three-game point streak and has nine points in his last six games overall. That includes a big four-point outing vs. St. Louis.

For The Hurricanes: Brent Burns. Since the beginning of December, Burns has turned it up a notch. He has scored eight points in the last seven games and has only failed to score on two outings this month. He's recorded three multi-point games in that time too, including last night vs. the Stars when you posted two assists.


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