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Pens, Hurricanes to face off for third time in Carolina

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang awaits the faceoff during a November 12, 2011 game against the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center in Raleigh, NC.

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang awaits the faceoff during a November 12, 2011 game against the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center in Raleigh, NC.

Tyler Schultz, Deputy Sports Editor

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After a disappointing 2-1 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night, the 5X time Stanley Cup Champions Pittsburgh Penguins begin a four-game road trip that faces off against the Carolina Hurricanes at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at PNC Arena in Carolina.

The Hurricanes are continuing their five-game homestand that began with a 4-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, Mar. 16 and continues with a match-up against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, Mar. 19 before heading to Tampa Bay to play the Lighting on Thursday, Mar. 21. It ends with a set of back-to-back games against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, Mar. 23 and the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday, Mar. 24.

The Hurricanes are now 39-25-7 and are in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division.

The Penguins just finished up a two-game homestand that included a set of back-to-back games which began with a 5-1 loss against the Saint Louis Blues on Saturday, Mar. 16 and ended with a 2-1 overtime loss against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, Mar. 17.

Now the Penguins begin a four-game road trip that begins with a match-up against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, Mar. 19 and continues against Nashville on Thursday, Mar. 21; Dallas on Saturday, Mar. 23; and ends with the New York Rangers on Monday, Mar. 25.

The Penguins are now 39-24-10 and are third place in the Metropolitan Division.

When Tuesday night comes around, The Penguins and Hurricanes will meet for the third time this season. These two teams last played in Pittsburgh on Feb. 9 in which Carolina shut-out the Penguins by the score of 3-0.

Even though the Penguins still have injuries to Evgeni Malkin, Zach Aston Reese, Chad Ruhwedel, Kris Letang, and Olli Maatta, it should be an entertaining game Tuesday night in Carolina as the Penguins are looking to end their two-game losing streak and to move ahead two points to be tied with the New York Islanders and the Washington Capitals for first and second place in the Metropolitan Division and inch closer to winning the greatest trophy in all of sports, the STANLEY CUP.

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