Pittsburgh centers Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby have been racking up points.
Malkin leads the NHL in points with 11. He has nine assists and two goals in the Penguins’ first seven games.
Crosby is ranked ninth in NHL points. He only has a goal, but he also has nine assists.
“They’re a dangerous team up front, but every team has a weakness,” rookie center Brandon Sutter said after Wednesday's practice at the RecZone.
They were both in on every goal in the Penguins’ 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Malkin had four assists, and Crosby had three assists and a goal.
Then Malkin scored the winning shootout goal in the Penguins’ 2-1 shootout over the Boston Bruins Monday.
“They’ve got some really good players up front,” said Canes coach Peter Laviolette. “Even though they’ve got some injuries on the back end, they’re still capable of generating a lot of offense.
“Let’s be honest here. We’re going to have to play a much better game than we did in Anaheim. We relied far too heavily on our goaltender. And our team for the second period and third period did not play that well. It was a gutsy win. We had guys that were diving to block shots and had a goaltender that stood on his head.”