Penguins Look to Get Third Win in a Row vs Hurricanes

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 19: Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) and goaltender Matt Murray (30) at the end of a NHL game between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 19, 2018, at Capital One Arena, in Washington, D.C.(Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 19: Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) and goaltender Matt Murray (30) at the end of a NHL game between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 19, 2018, at Capital One Arena, in Washington, D.C.(Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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The Penguins will be looking for their third win in a row as they get ready to take on the Hurricanes today.

It is no secret that the Penguins are starting to find their groove, more specifically it is even evident that these goaltenders are starting to get things together. The Pens have only allowed one goal in each of their last two games, and both DeSmith and Murray have shown just how good they can be.

It is also important not to forget about the great play that Defenseman Kris Letang has been bringing to the ice. Letang has been providing solid performances night in and night out, and some may be surprised to know that he currently leads the Penguins in shots on goal with 110. The Pens have also not been afraid to use him, giving him an average of 26 minutes of ice time per game, almost five minutes more than the next guy (Dumoulin).

The Penguins have scored 2 goals in each of their last three games, and Letang did not record any points in the game on Thursday against Minnesota. Expect Letang to have a big performance against a Carolina team that has been struggling as of late.

This will be the first of four meetings that Pittsburgh will have with Carolina this season, as both teams play in the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes have given up 16 goals in their last four games, and the Pens will certainly be looking to advantage of this sloppy defensive play that Carolina has been showing as of late.

Overall, this should be a win for the Penguins, as they seem to be finding their stride over the past week or two. While the season so far could be chopped up as inconsistent, there have been spots over the past two games that tell us the consistency may be starting to improve. Either way, we know the Penguins and Matt Murray will be ready to play, and if Murray performs close to like he did against the Capitals, the Hurricanes better watch out.