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Struggling Pittsburgh faces last place Carolina

December 31, 2014 17:49:54 UK

Jaromir Jagr scored for the New Jersey Devils against his former team on Monday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look to snap their four-game skid on Wednesday evening when the Carolina Hurricanes are the visitors to the Consol Energy Center.

It’s the opening contest of a four-game home stand for the Metropolitan Division leaders who also see the Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins come into town during the first week of the New Year in a tough early start to January.

The Penguins areĀ 1.43 to win the game, with the Hurricanes 2.90.

On Monday, former Penguins’ great Jaromir Jagr was on the score sheet for the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark as the hosts ran out 3-1 winners. Sidney Crosby opened the scoring for Pittsburgh in the first, but three unanswered from the Devils gave the new head coaching staff in New Jersey their first win since taking over from the fired Peter DeBoer.

Last time out, the Hurricanes were also on the wrong end of a 3-1 score line as Carolina lost for the 10th time in 13 games in the month of December. Jiri Sekac, Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty all lit the lamp for the Montreal Canadiens at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, with an Eric Staal power play early in the third period the only response from the hosts, who could not make their superior shot taking stand up.

The Canadiens followed up their win in Carolina by topping the Florida Panthers in Sunrise on Tuesday. Montreal was forced to a shootout before securing the 2-1 triumph and the Canadiens find themselves atop the Atlantic Division tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Canadiens areĀ 3.50 to win the Division, with the Lightning 3.00.

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