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Scouting the Hurricanes

| Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009

Penguins vs. Hurricanes

7:30 p.m. today · Mellon Arena

TV/Radio: FSN/WXDX-FM (105.9) and the Penguins Radio Network

Last game: Won 3-0 against the New York Rangers on Sunday at Mellon Arena.

Season series: Penguins lead, 2-0-0.

About the Penguins (23-20-4, 50 points): The Pens have won three of their past four games. They have climbed into eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings. ... The were three points ahead of Carolina prior to the Hurricanes' game against the Maple Leafs on Monday night. Injuries: D Brooks Orpik (day-to-day, undisclosed), LW Pascal Dupuis (IR, knee), F Max Talbot (IR, upper-body), LW Ruslan Fedotenko (IR, right hand), C Mike Zigomanis (IR, undisclosed injury), D Sergei Gonchar (IR, left shoulder).

Streak: Won 2

Player to watch: D Hal Gill recorded three points in the past two games, including his first goal of the season against the Anaheim Ducks last Friday.

About the Hurricanes (21-20-5, 47 points before last night's game): Carolina had lost five consecutive games heading into a contest with Toronto last night. ... They are 9-6-1 in back-to-back situations. The Hurricanes own the NHL's fourth-worst penalty-killing unit at 77.8 percent. Injuries: D David Tanabe (IR, concussion)

Player to watch: C Eric Staal - the brother of Jordan Staal - leads the team in goals with 19

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