34-20-9, 77pts | 32-27-7, 71pts
Season Series: 2-1 Canes
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+ Pittsburgh- PP is ranked 5th (20.6%), PK is ranked 23rd (80.4%).
+ Carolina - PP is ranked 25th (15.7%) , PK is ranked 12th (83.4%)
+ Goals: Pittsburgh – Evgeni Malkin (29) , Carolina – Justin Williams (31)
+ Assists: Pittsburgh – Sidney Crosby (71) , Carolina – Rod Brind’Amour (49)
+ Points: Pittsburgh – Sidney Crosby (97) , Carolina – Ray Whitney (73)
+ PPG: Pittsburgh – Evgeni Malkin (13), Carolina - Justin Williams (12)
+ +/-: Pittsburgh – Sidney Crosby (+12), Carolina – Rod Brind'Amour(+8)
+ PIM: Pittsburgh – Jarkko Ruutu (105), Carolina - Mike Commodore (94)
Carolina– Eric Cairns (IR, Knee), Nils Ekman (IR, Dislocated elbow) Carolina - Erik Cole (muscle tear, IR)
+ Left wing Cory Stillman will play his 100th game with the Hurricanes with his next game played
+ Defenseman Glen Wesley is two assists shy of 400 for his NHL career
+ The Hurricanes enter Friday’s play with 71 points, trailing Tampa Bay and Atlanta (74 points) in the Southeast Division standings, and four points behind the fifth-place Penguins in the Eastern Conference standings.
+ Left wing Ray Whitney has earned points in 18 of Carolina’s last 23 games, scoring 11 goals and earning 18 assists (29 points) dating back to Jan. 6. Whitney picked up multiple assists in four of those games, earning two helpers on Jan. 6 against the NY Islanders, Jan. 9 at Toronto and Feb. 8 at Boston, and three assists on Jan. 26 against Washington.
+ It is impossible to divide the 82-game NHL schedule into perfect thirds, but when looking at the first 27 games of the season, Carolina went 14-10-3. In the next 28 games (games 28-55), the Hurricanes posted a 12-12-4 record, and the team has started the final third of the season 6-5-0 (27 games; games 56-82).
+ While the Hurricanes have won just seven games in their last 18 outings, the team has won six of its last 11 games and earned points in 14 of its last 23 games, going 11-9-3 since Jan. 6, and earning 25 of a possible 46 points in that span.
+ Carolina enters Friday’s play in ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Seven of the Hurricanes’ final 16 games are against teams currently ranked higher in the Eastern Conference standings.
Other Games Tonight:
+ Ottawa at Atlanta 7:30 PM
+ Chicago at Detroit 7:30 PM
+ Toronto at New Jersey 7:30 PM
+ Montreal at Buffalo 8:00 PM
+ Columbus at Dallas 8:30 PM
+ San Jose at Anaheim 10:00 PM
+ 3/2 Friday Pittsburgh 7 p.m. HOME
+ 3/4 Sunday Atlanta 2 p.m. AWAY
+ 3/9 Friday Washington 7 p.m. AWAY
+ 3/11 Sunday NY Rangers 12:30 p.m. AWAY
....and nothing dims these stars.