Pittsburgh Penguins at Carolina Hurricanes
7 p.m., PNC Arena
TV: NHL-Network, FS-Carolinas, Root Sports
Much like Tuesday night's game against the Washington Capitals, tonight's showdown with the Pittsburgh Penguins has a bit of hype added to it. Not only will it be Jordan Staal's first game against his former team, it will also be Brandon Sutter's first game in Carolina since being traded to the Hurricanes. The national media is probably more focused on Staal right now because he won a cup in Pittsburgh and was a big part of that team for man years, but Sutter was also a very popular player in Carolina. He served as alternate captain for the last two years and fans loved his work ethic and personality. Sutter was an ideal third line center at the age of 22 and was seen as a big piece of the Hurricanes rebuild until he was traded this June.
Jordan Staal has done a lot for this team in a short period of time but most of the fanbase still loves Sutter and appreciates his time with the Canes, so I'm sure they folks at PNC tonight will do their part in welcoming him back to Raleigh.
While that's a nice storyline to add to this game, the Hurricanes also received some great news earlier this morning when it was announced that Jeff Skinner, Tim Brent, Jamie McBain and Tim Gleason will be returning to the lineup. Pitkanen will still be missed, but getting two top-four guys back in the mix going to give this defense a huge boost. Not having an adequate defense corps has been one of the Hurricanes biggest problems over the last couple of weeks, so getting two players back is going to help a lot. I don't even have to mention how much getting Skinner back will help but I just hope that he wasn't rushed since the last thing I want to happen is for him to sustain another head injury.
Either way, most of the gang is back together and that should at least inspire the Hurricanes to a better performance than they've shown the last few games. They are going to need to put together a good effort tonight since they are taking on arguably the best team in the Eastern Conferenceno comments