The Penguins take on the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena for their second of three matchups this season. Jake Guentzel and Sidney Crosby each recorded a goal and an assist as the Penguins dropped the first game of the series to the Hurricanes in overtime. The Penguins are 12-5-3 in their last 20 games against the Hurricanes overall dating back to Jan. 17, 2016. Here in Raleigh, Pittsburgh has points in four-straight games (2-0-2). Going back further, the Penguins have points in eight of their last nine visits to PNC Arena (5-1-3) dating back to Jan. 12, 2016. Pittsburgh is 3-0-1 against Metropolitan Division opponents this year, outscoring their opponents by a combined 16-8 margin.
Jake Guentzel’s five empty net goals this season are tied with Alex Ovechkin for most in the NHL. The franchise record for empty net goals in a season is seven set by Mario Lemieux in 1988-89, and there have only been three instances in team history where a Penguin had six or more empty netters in a season.
Evgeni Malkin is averaging nearly a point per game against the Hurricanes, registering 41 points (14G-27A) in 43 games.
The Penguins have points in nine-consecutive road games (8-0-1), which is the longest road point streak in franchise history. The previous record was eight road games from Mar. 14-Apr. 14, 1993.
Tristan Jarry enters tonight’s game with a six-game winning streak. Only Tampa Bay’s Brian Elliott (7) has a longer active win streak than Jarry. During this streak he has a 2.00 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage.
Kris Letang scored his fifth career shorthanded goal on Thursday. In doing so, he surpassed Larry Murphy (4) and Randy Carlyle (4) for most in team history among a defenseman. Among active defensemen, only Mark Giordano (13) has more.
Video: Sullivan speaks to the media