PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes might well have their claws out when they meet Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena — not so much with the intention of playing a nasty game but rather to try to climb over the other’s back in the tight Metropolitan Division.
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“They’re a solid, young team, especially when they have the lead,” Pittsburgh defenseman Brian Dumoulin said. “They lock things down and they make it tough for us to play through the neutral zone. They’re a team that dumps a lot of pucks and gets a lot of pucks deep. There’s not a lot of room out there. They’re definitely a tough opponent.”
When the Hurricanes won 4-0 on Jan. 4 in Pittsburgh in dominating fashion, it seemed to be a new low point in an inconsistent season for the Penguins. They used the slap in the face to go on a four-game winning streak. They are 5-2 since that night.
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Tuesday’s rematch is a chance for Pittsburgh to do a 180 from that loss.
“Sure it is,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “It’s a team that we have not found a way to have success (against) yet this year.
“We certainly have got to make sure that we bring a certainly level of urgency to our game. Carolina’s a good team. They’ve got a lot of team speed. They have a lot of skill. They have a mobile defense corps. So they present a lot of challenges for us. But I know that when we play the game a certain way, we can compete with anybody.”
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“We need some better play out of some guys,” Carolina coach Bill Peters said. “Some guys might be a little bit too comfortable, there’s no question about that.
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