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REMATCH Penguins vs. Hurricanes Game 33: Lines, Notes & How to Watch

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The Pittsburgh Penguins (19-9-4) get their rematch with the Carolina Hurricanes (20-6-6) Thursday night at PPG Paints Arena. On Sunday, Carolina ended the Penguins’ seven-game winning streak with a 3-2 win at PNC Arena. The Penguins had a 2-1 third period lead but could not hold it.

It is the last Penguins game before the holiday break. The Penguins schedule does not resume until Dec. 27 against the Islanders Carolina is 10-0-2 in their last 12. The Penguins have won seven of eight and have points in 15 of 17 (13-2-2).

Carolina caught the New Jersey Devils and now leads the Metro Division based on winning percentage. The Penguins are in third, just four points behind both teams.

After losing on Sunday, the Penguins immediately looked forward to the rematch.

“We owe them one,” Brock McGinn said. “They’re battles, tight-checking games. We’re looking forward to that one.”

On Tuesday, the Penguins rallied from a horribly slow start to beat the equally red-hot New York Rangers 3-2. Evgeni Malkin, Bryan Rust, and Sidney Crosby scored as goalie Tristan Jarry held the fort until the Penguins figuratively showed up.

Jarry is a perfect 7-0-0 in December with a .938 save percentage. Since Nov. 1, he has been 11-1-3.

As a group, the Penguins are 19-3-3 when removing the seven-game winless streak, which stretched from late October through early November.

On Tuesday, Carolina dealt New Jersey its sixth straight loss, 4-1. Goalie Pyotr Kochetkov was the No. 1 star and stopped 37 of 38 shots. They did so without top center Sebastian Aho, who is out with an injury.

Coach Rod Brind’Amour wants Aho to participate in a full practice before returning to the Hurricanes lineup, so expect him out tonight.

Jarry is expected to face Kochetkov again on Thursday.

Update: Antti Raanta was named the starter for Carolina.

Expected Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:

Guentzel-Crosby-Rakell

Zucker-Malkin-Rust

McGinn-Carter-Kapanen

O’Connor-Blueger-Heinen

Defense:

Pettersson-Letang

Dumoulin-Rutta

Goalie:

Tristan Jarry

Expected Carolina Hurricanes lines, per PuckPedia.com:

Svechnikov-Statsny-Necas

Teravainen-Kotkaniemi-Jarvis

Martinook-Staal-Fast

Noesen-Drury-Stepan

Defense:

Slavin-Burns

Skjei-Pesce

de Haan-Chatfield

Goalie:

Antti Raanta

Special Teams:

Penguins Power Play: 22.9%, 16th

Penguins Penalty Kill: 84%, 3rd

Hurricanes Power Play: 17.6%, 27th

Hurricanes Penalty Kill: 80.2%, 14th

Pittsburgh Penguins Game Notes

Sidney Crosby scored the game-winning goal against the Rangers on Tuesday, bringing him to six game-winners this season. He is now second in the NHL in game-winning goals (6) behind Leon Draisaitl (8). He has only had more game-winning goals twice in his career (2021-22, 9; 2015-16, 9).

Since Dec. 1, a span of eight games, the Penguins’ penalty kill is 96% (24 of 25).

The Penguins are 15-3-2 since Nov. 9 and have earned more points than any other NHL team.

Winning streaks: Tristan Jarry is tied for the longest streak in the NHL with seven straight wins. The Penguins have won six in a row at home.

How to Watch:

TV: AT&T SportsNet.

Radio 105.9 The X

Penguins Bets

Bet Against Dan and Make Money is holding its own during the Penguins’ run. We’re 9-3 over the last six games. We took the Penguins and the Over (5.5) on Tuesday, which means we split. If only the Penguins got the empty netter!

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On home ice, with a full complement of the top-six players, and Tristan Jarry in net, the Penguins are tough to bet against. We’ll take the Penguins. The Over/Under (5.5) is also a tough call. The teams skated hard but only scored five on Sunday. There’s no reason to think either team will open their game tonight (but it would be nice).

If you want the Over, instead take the Penguins on the -1.5 puck line (+198). We’ll take the Penguins and the Under.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.