NHL Hockey

2
Final 1 2 3 OT SO Tot
Pittsburgh 0 1 1 0 0 2
Carolina 0 1 1 0 1 3
3
4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 PM MST6:00 PM EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET20:00 BRT, March 19, 2019
PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina  Attendance: 14,677

Penguins, Hurricanes clash in key divisional game

Pittsburgh Penguins at Carolina Hurricanes

  1. After winning three straight and outscoring its opponents, 14-5, Pittsburgh has lost back-to-back games, getting outscored, 7-2. The Penguins went 6-for-13 on the power play in those three wins, but went 0-for-8 on the power play in their last two losses.
  2. The Hurricanes beat the Sabres, 4-2, in Carolina on Saturday and are 11-4-0 in their last 15 home games, averaging 3.60 goals. In their first 19 home games they went 8-7-4, averaging 2.63 goals.
  3. Both the matchups have been shutouts in this season series, with the Penguins beating the Hurricanes, 3-0, on December 22 and Carolina winning, 4-0, on February 5. Seven of the last nine games in the series have been decided by at least two goals, including five straight matchups.
  4. In his last six road games, Sidney Crosby has recorded a multi-point game in five of them. Among skaters age 30 or older, Crosby's 92 points this season are second in the NHL behind Patrick Kane (101).
  5. Jordan Staal lit the lamp against Buffalo for his 500th career point. He now has 252 career points (93g, 159a) in seven seasons with Carolina after recording 248 points (120g, 128a) in six seasons with Pittsburgh.
  6. Carolina is 29-6-3 when scoring first this season, sixth best in the NHL. Pittsburgh is 14-3-3 when allowing the first goal this season, tied with the New York Rangers (15-14-1) for the second best in the league -- only Tampa Bay (20-10-1) has a better such record.

The Carolina Hurricanes wanted to be in important games late in the season and they'll be in that situation Tuesday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.

The Pittsburgh Penguins arrive for a matchup key to the standings within the Eastern Conference.

"You just can't afford any losses," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "The race is so tight. No one is losing around us."

These teams are back-to-back in the Metropolitan Division, with the Penguins in third place with 88 points and the Hurricanes, who have two games in hand, fourth with 85.

Carolina and Pittsburgh have split two meetings this season, each winning with shutouts on the road. The teams meet again March 31 at Pittsburgh.

This marks the second contest of a five-game homestand for the Hurricanes, who began the stretch with Saturday night's 4-2 victory against the Buffalo Sabres.

Carolina center Jordan Staal collected his 500th career point in that game. He said the magnitude of games is clear for the Hurricanes.

"Whether it's your best game or not, all that really matters is if you get the two points," Staal said. "We want to build on that again. We've continued to do that. You can tell the leadership and character in the room and everyone believing in themselves."

This is the start of a four-game road trip for the Penguins.

Pittsburgh is 6-2-1 across its previous nine games, losing 2-1 in overtime Sunday night to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Despite picking up a team point, it was a disturbing result for the Penguins, who gave up the tying goal with 18.8 seconds left in regulation.

"We're disappointed we didn't close it out," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.

Other developments are bound to impact Pittsburgh in the coming days.

Sullivan said Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, who notched his 1,000 career point last week, missed the Philadelphia game with what was been described as a week-to-week upper-body injury. His injury status wasn't revealed until prior to Sunday's game.

Pittsburgh plugged in Teddy Blueger on the second line with Malkin's absence. It's too soon to see if that's a consistent combination, though Blueger responded with a goal.

"As far as moving forward, we'll probably take it game to game and see how it goes," Sullivan said.

It has been a roster shuffle for the Penguins, who got back right winger Bryan Rust from a nine-game absence from a lower-body injury.

One staple in the Pittsburgh lineup has been right winger Phil Kessel, who has played in 319 consecutive games. On Tuesday night at Carolina, he should set the franchise record for consecutive games.

Kessel, 31, shares that mark with former forward Craig Adams, who began his career with the Hurricanes before joining the Penguins.

Hurricanes goalie Curtis McElhinney notched the shutout of the Penguins last month. He was in his first game Saturday after serving as the backup for three straight games. He has made 28 starts this season, matching his career high set four years ago with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Hurricanes right winger Nino Niederreiter has 22 points in 25 games since joining the Hurricanes in a trade with the Minnesota Wild. He posted 23 points in 46 games with the Wild this season.

--Field Level Media

Updated March 18, 2019

Sports Data API Powered by STATS © 2019 by STATS.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS is strictly prohibited.

NBA Scoreboard
Milwaukee 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 MST6:00 CST7:00 EST4:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 CT23:00
Preview
Detroit 
Houston 7:30 PT8:30 MT9:30 CT10:30 ET2:30 GMT10:30 7:30 MST8:30 CST9:30 EST6:30 UAE (+1)04:3022:30 ET9:30 CT1:30
Preview
Utah 
NHL Scoreboard
Washington 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 MST5:00 CST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET20:00 BRT
Preview
Carolina 
Nashville 5:30 PT6:30 MT7:30 CT8:30 ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 MST6:30 CST7:30 EST4:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ET21:30 BRT
Preview
Dallas 
MLB Scoreboard
American League
Chi White Sox 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 MST6:05 EST5:05 CST6:35 VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 CT
Preview
Baltimore 
Detroit 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST5:10 CST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Boston 
Kansas City 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST5:10 CST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Tampa Bay 
Minnesota 5:10 PT6:10 MT7:10 CT8:10 ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 MST7:10 EST6:10 CST7:40 VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 CT
Preview
Houston 
NY Yankees 7:07 PT8:07 MT9:07 CT10:07 ET22:07 ET2:07 GMT10:07 7:07 MST9:07 EST8:07 CST9:37 VEN6:07 UAE (+1)9:07 CT
Preview
LA Angels 
Texas 7:07 PT8:07 MT9:07 CT10:07 ET22:07 ET2:07 GMT10:07 7:07 MST9:07 EST8:07 CST9:37 VEN6:07 UAE (+1)9:07 CT
Preview
Oakland 
National League
Arizona 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 MST6:05 EST5:05 CST6:35 VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 CT
Preview
Pittsburgh 
Philadelphia 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST5:10 CST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
NY Mets 
Milwaukee 4:45 PT5:45 MT6:45 CT7:45 ET19:45 ET23:45 GMT7:45 4:45 MST6:45 EST5:45 CST7:15 VEN3:45 UAE (+1)6:45 CT
Preview
St. Louis 
Washington 5:40 PT6:40 MT7:40 CT8:40 ET20:40 ET0:40 GMT8:40 5:40 MST7:40 EST6:40 CST8:10 VEN4:40 UAE (+1)7:40 CT
Preview
Colorado 
Minor League Baseball
International League
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3:05 PT4:05 MT5:05 CT6:05 ET4:05 MT6:05 ET11:05 GMT7:05 北京时间
Rochester 
Lehigh Valley 3:05 PT4:05 MT5:05 CT6:05 ET4:05 MT6:05 ET11:05 GMT7:05 北京时间
Pawtucket 
Buffalo 3:35 PT4:35 MT5:35 CT6:35 ET4:35 MT6:35 ET11:35 GMT7:35 北京时间
Syracuse 
ATP Scoreboard
Monday, Apr. 22
Barcelona Open (ATP)
First Round
M. McDonald6 6    
T. Daniel2 2    
M. Fucsovics6 6    
D. Kudla4 1    
M. Copil3 77 5   
L. Mayer6 63 7   
P. Sousa6 4 0   
J. Munar2 6 6   
T. Fritz6 6    
R. Opelka3 4    
H. Dellien3 1    
J. Struff6 6    
F. Lopez4 3    
F. Verdasco6 6    
N. Jarry7 4 6   
M. Granollers5 6 4   
Y. Nishioka6 4    
D. Schwartzma4 5    
J. Londero3     
B. Paire3     
 
Gazprom Hungarian Open (ATP)
First Round
(7) M. Kukushkin4 4    
M. Berrettini6 6    
B. Tomic65 4    
A. Bedene77 6    
A. Seppi2 77 5   
F. Krajinovic6 63 7   
(8) R. Albot2     
S. Stakhovsky3     
 
WTA Scoreboard
Monday, Apr. 22
Istanbul Cup (WTA)
First Round
R. Peterson6 2 6   
P. Ozgen1 6 0   
(6) P. Martic3 6 6   
T. Zidansek6 1 3   
J. Larsson66 6 2   
M. Gasparyan78 4 2