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Pittsburgh Penguins/Carolina Hurricanes Gameday Notes

By: Mike Vukovcan
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Penguins will look to go for a season sweep versus the Carolina Hurricanes tonight in Raleigh, N.C.

The Pens are 3-0 against the Hurricanes this season.

Tonight will mark the return of Alexei Kovalev to the Penguins organization.

Here are some other news and notes prior to tonight’s game:
*Kovalev will wear No. 72 in his second tour with the Pens. Kovalev’s normal number is No. 27.

*Penguins general manager Ray Shero told The Fan’s Seibel, Starkey and Miller on Thursday that head coach Dan Bylsma plans on playing Kovalev on the top line with Jordan Staal and James Neal.

*With defenseman Brooks Orpik out for the next four to six weeks, the Pens will recall Brian Strait from Wilkes-Barre.

*The Penguins are 8-3-1 on the first night of back-back games.

*Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury for Penguins. Cam Ward for Carolina.

*Here were the line combinations Bylsma put together this morning at the skate:
Neal-Staal-Kovalev
Cooke-Talbot-Kennedy
Rupp-Jeffrey-Dupuis
Adams-Vitale-Conner

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