Penguins need to capitalize on their opportunities

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The Penguins have made early playoff exits for several years in a row.

Ethan Spozarski, Sports Editor

The Pittsburgh Penguins earlier in the season had an 11-game win streak going. Now they are on a three-game skid and are struggling to put pucks in the back of the net. 

The Pens have fallen behind in 11 of their last 13 games. By letting their opponents score first, the Pens are forced to play catch up, causing sloppy play. They also are just not scoring enough. 

Their most recent loss was Thursday to the New Jersey Devils at PPG Paints Arena. The Pens lost 6-1, and had to pull starting goaltender Tristian Jarry from the net in the middle of the game.

The Devils scored on two of their six power plays. The Penguins led in almost every other stat category, but that goes back to not capitalizing on the opportunities they created. 

The Penguins currently sit in third in the Metropolitan Division with an overall record of 31-14-8. The Pens will face the two teams in front of them, the Rangers and the Hurricanes, in two of the next four games. 

The Rangers come to town on Saturday for a 3 p.m. matchup. The Rangers are coming in red hot, after a victory over division rivals the Washington Capitals. 

Goaltender Igor Shesterkin is arguably the best goaltender in the entire Eastern Conference right now. He is allowing just under two goals a game, with a 94 percent save percentage. On top of that, the Rangers have proven to have a productive offense that is very fast. 

However, the Rangers do commit a lot of penalties. If the Penguins are going to win, it will be by forcing the Rangers to make mistakes, and getting goals from their once strong power play.