Raleigh, North Carolina; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh into a matchup against Carolina. He ranks fourth in the NHL with 92 points, scoring 33 goals and recording 59 assists.
The Hurricanes are 9-10-2 against opponents in the Metropolitan Division. Carolina leads the Eastern Conference shooting 34.8 shots per game while averaging 3.0 goals.
The Penguins have gone 18-11-7 away from home. Pittsburgh ranks fourth in the Eastern Conference averaging 5.7 assists per game, led by Crosby with 0.8. In their last meeting on Feb. 5, Carolina won 4-0.
LAST 10 GAMES: Penguins: 6-2-2, averaging 3.1 goals, 4.9 assists, 3.5 penalties and 7.3 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game with a .933 save percentage.
Hurricanes: 7-2-1, averaging 3.4 goals, 5.8 assists, three penalties and 8.2 penalty minutes while giving up 2.5 goals per game with a .916 save percentage.
Hurricanes Injuries: Calvin de Haan: out indefinitely (upper body).