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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 2/28/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



PITTSBURGH (13-7-0-0, 26 pts.) at CAROLINA (9-8-0-1, 19 pts.)
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Thursday, 2/28/2013 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
7PITTSBURGH-140Ov 5.5,-120-145Ov 5.5,-120
8CAROLINA+120Un 5.5,+100+125Un 5.5,+100
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games13-7-0+1.513-7+1.512-83.430.62.728.0
Team Stats (Road Games)8-3-0+48-3+46-53.530.72.530.4
Last 5 Games3-2-0-0.43-2-0.44-
PITTSBURGH Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)20692320251661211.3%792227.8%113
Team Stats (Road Games)1138169121533811.2%431227.9%59
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5217680116312.9%21628.6%34
Stats Against (All Games) 5492619025609.6%801721.2%93
Stats Against (Road Games) 2741112023348.1%511019.6%49
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 194870115412.3%21733.3%34
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)141335732791.6%010-3+510-3-0+57-6
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Road Games)7619318193.8%05-1+45-1-0+42-4
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)43999191.9%03-0+33-0-0+32-1
BRAD THIESSEN (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
BRAD THIESSEN (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)8720117989.1%03-4-3.43-4-0-45-2
TOMAS VOKOUN (Road Games)5513912690.6%03-2+0.13-2-004-1
TOMAS VOKOUN (Last 4 Games)441018584.2%01-3-41-3-0-53-1

CAROLINA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games9-9-0-0.59-9-0.510-82.833.23.031.8
Team Stats (Home Games)3-4-0-2.23-4-2.24-32.733.93.130.7
Last 5 Games1-4-0-3.41-4-3.43-21.828.83.430.6
CAROLINA Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)185072022155978.4%701014.3%81
Team Stats (Home Games)7193106012378.0%2827.1%28
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)59126011446.2%1417.1%14
Stats Against (All Games) 54211319115739.4%731723.3%92
Stats Against (Home Games) 2264120121510.2%29413.8%35
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 1751110015311.1%1815.6%27
CAROLINA - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
DAN ELLIS (All Games)6616114992.5%13-3+0.13-3-003-3
DAN ELLIS (Home Games)33958993.7%12-1+0.92-1-0+11-2
DAN ELLIS (Last 4 Games)441079790.7%12-2-0.12-2-002-2
JUSTIN PETERS (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JUSTIN PETERS (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
CAM WARD (All Games)141241137090.0%26-6-0.66-6-0-17-5
CAM WARD (Home Games)4411910487.4%01-3-31-3-0-33-1
CAM WARD (Last 4 Games)4411410289.5%21-3-2.31-3-0-22-2
Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 2.88,  CAROLINA 2.98
2/2/2013NEW JERSEY5-1W0, -145W5.5 unO
2/3/2013at WASHINGTON6-3W0, -130W5.5 unO
2/5/2013at NY ISLANDERS4-2W0, -145W5.5 ovO
2/7/2013WASHINGTON5-2W0, -200W5.5 ovO
2/9/2013at NEW JERSEY1-3L0, -105L5.5 unU
2/10/2013NEW JERSEY1-3L0, -165L5.5 unU
2/13/2013OTTAWA4-2W0, -185W5.5 unO
2/15/2013at WINNIPEG3-1W0, -150W5.5 ovU
2/17/2013at BUFFALO4-3W0, -135W5.5 ovO
2/20/2013PHILADELPHIA5-6L0, -185L5.5 ovO
2/22/2013FLORIDA3-1W0, -250W5.5 ovU
2/24/2013TAMPA BAY5-3W0, -175W6 ovO
2/26/2013at FLORIDA4-6L0, -155L5.5 unO
2/28/2013at CAROLINA 
3/2/2013at MONTREAL 
3/4/2013TAMPA BAY 
3/7/2013at PHILADELPHIA 
3/9/2013at TORONTO 
3/10/2013NY ISLANDERS 

CAROLINA - Schedule
2/1/2013OTTAWA1-0W0, -120W5.5 evU
2/2/2013at PHILADELPHIA3-5L0, +110L5.5 evO
2/4/2013at TORONTO4-1W0, -105W5.5 ovU
2/7/2013at OTTAWA3-2W0, +110W5.5 unU
2/9/2013at PHILADELPHIA3-4L0, +105L5.5 unO
2/11/2013at NY ISLANDERS6-4W0, -105W5.5 ovO
2/12/2013at NEW JERSEY4-2W0, +125W5 ovO
2/14/2013TORONTO3-1W0, -145W5.5 ovU
2/18/2013at MONTREAL0-3L0, +110L5.5 unU
2/21/2013WINNIPEG3-4L0, -140L5.5 unO
2/23/2013TAMPA BAY2-5L0, -110L6 evO
2/24/2013at NY ISLANDERS4-2W0, +110W5.5 ovO
2/26/2013at WASHINGTON0-3L0, +120L5.5 unU
3/3/2013at FLORIDA 
3/9/2013NEW JERSEY 

LAST SEASON: 51-25-6, 108 points. Lost to Philadelphia 4-2 in first round.

COACH: Dan Bylsma, 5th season with Penguins, 165-81-25.

ADDED: C Brandon Sutter, G Tomas Vokoun, LW Tanner Glass.

LOST: C Jordan Staal, RW Steve Sullivan, G Brent Johnson, RW Arron Asham, D Zbynek Michalek.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Sidney Crosby. The 25-year-old superstar appears to be fully recovered from concussion-like symptoms that limited him to just 22 games last season. He should be back in his comfort zone with linemates Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz along for the ride. If healthy, he's the game's greatest playmaker.

OUTLOOK: With Crosby and reigning league MVP Evgeni Malkin in their primes, anything less than a Stanley Cup will be considered a disappointment.


LAST SEASON: 33-33-16, 82 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 12th in Eastern Conference.

COACH: Kirk Muller, 2nd season overall and with Hurricanes, 25-20-12.

ADDED: C Jordan Staal, LW Alexander Semin, RW Kevin Westgarth, D Joe Corvo, G Dan Ellis.

LOST: C Brandon Sutter, D Bryan Allen, D Derek Joslin, D Jaroslav Spacek, G Brian Boucher, RW Anthony Stewart.

PLAYER TO WATCH: C Eric Staal. The team captain and face of the franchise blossomed after Muller took over two months into last season, with 19 goals and 40 assists in the final 57 games. With his younger brother on the team and veteran Semin on his line, Staal should have enough pieces around him to carry the team to the playoffs.

OUTLOOK: The Hurricanes have made the playoffs just once since winning the 2006 Stanley Cup, but the additions of Jordan Staal and Semin should give them enough quality offensive depth to reach the postseason - even in a tough Southeast Division.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-CAROLINA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Penguins-Hurricanes Preview* =============================


Pittsburgh (13-7-0) at Carolina (9-8-1), 7:00 p.m. EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins remain one of the NHL's best teams on the power play, but they haven't always benefited from that success because of the many power-play opportunities they surrender.

Jordan Staal surely would like to take advantage of one.

Pittsburgh will try to maintain better discipline Wednesday night when it travels to play the Carolina Hurricanes, who hope Staal can lead them to victory in his first game against his old team.

The Penguins (13-7-0) weren't a very highly penalized team last season, finishing 16th in the NHL as they were short-handed an average of 3.3 times per game. They've already been down a man 80 times in 20 games this season, and their 84:54 of time on the penalty kill is among the league's highest totals.

"We have to do a better job of staying out of the box," Sidney Crosby told the team's official website. "I think that's pretty clear."

They haven't been able to weather opponents' power plays nearly as well, either. Pittsburgh finished third last season, killing 87.8 percent of power plays, but that number has fallen to 78.8 percent this winter.

The loss of Staal could have something to do with that drop-off considering he was one of the Penguins' top penalty killers. He turned down a 10-year extension with Pittsburgh after last season and would get traded to the Hurricanes, with whom he signed a 10-year deal worth $60 million.

Staal has been featured on both special-teams units for Carolina, though he's gone 39 straight regular-season games without a power-play goal. Staal, drafted second overall in 2006 by Pittsburgh, does have three goals in the last six games after scoring one through his first 12 in a Carolina uniform. He recorded 248 points in six seasons with the Penguins, helping them win a Stanley Cup title in 2009.

Pittsburgh appears to be a title contender again, tied for the second-most points (26) in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins had won five of six before a 6-4 loss at Florida on Tuesday, allowing four goals on seven power plays by a Panthers team which had been 0 for 17 over its previous five games.

"I think we have to adjust a bit," said Crosby, who has 13 points in his last seven games. "Most of the penalties were penalties. I think they were probably the result of the way we were playing."

Twelve of Crosby's league-leading 30 points have come on Pittsburgh's power play, which has scored at least one goal in 12 straight games. The Penguins are 16 for 48 in that span and at 27.8 percent overall, though that unit will be missing Evgeni Malkin (concussion) for a third straight game after he was placed on injured reserve Monday.

Pittsburgh's power play could face a tough test against Carolina, which has yielded one goal in 18 short-handed situations over the past five games.

The Hurricanes (9-8-1), though, have dropped four of those games, a slump that coincides with the absence of Jeff Skinner (concussion). The club has nine goals in five games since losing Skinner, who is tied for third on the team with 14 points.

Carolina also has been missing injured defenseman Jamie McBain in the last four.

"Fatigue kicks in," coach Kirk Muller said after a 3-0 loss at Washington on Tuesday. "Some guys are playing more minutes than they probably should, and it catches up."

Also hurting Muller's team is a slump by Staal's older brother. Captain Eric Staal has two points in the past five games after recording 17 during an 8-2-1 surge.

He's pointless in the last three meetings with Pittsburgh - all Carolina losses.

Last Updated: 4/20/2018 1:05:03 PM EST

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