In the last matchup between these two teams, the Penguins lit up the Lightning in a 6-2 win. Marc-Andre Fleury backstopped the team with 28 saves in the game.
The Lightning have been more hot as of recently, despite trading away three of their core players (Ben Bishop, Valtteri Filppula, and Brian Boyle) at the trade deadline. Their last win was on Wednesday night when they beat the Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime. Nikita Kucherov continues to tally the points, collecting a goal and two assists in the game. Tyler Johnson also had three points in the game (G, 2A). Victor Hedman scored the first goal of the game, as well as the overtime winner. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 out of 31 shots for his 13th win of the season.
Peter Budaj will be making his first start as a member of the Lightning against the Penguins.
The last game the Pens played was Wednesday, as well: a 4-1 loss to the Blackhawks. Although they had 37 shots on goal, Scott Wilson scored the only goal of the game for Pittsburgh. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed 4 goals on 29 shots. Pittsburgh needs a big bounce-back game after that loss.
Matt Murray will most likely start in net for the Penguins.
Although the Lightning haven’t been at their best this season with all of the injuries, this should be a great rematch of the 2016 Eastern Conference Final. Pittsburgh is coming off of a disappointing loss, and the Lightning barely won a game with only 16 shots on goal. If the Penguins win, they’ll be in a virtual tie for second place in the Metro. If the Lightning win, they’ll be two points back of the final wildcard spot in the East. This one should be entertaining.
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Palat – Johnson – Kucherov
Killorn – Point – Drouin
Erne – Paquette – Namestnikov
McKegg – Dumount – Brown
Hedman – Dotchin
Garrison – Stralman
Coburn – Sustr
Kunitz – Crosby – Sheary
Hagelin – Malkin – Hornqvist
Guenztel – Bonino – Kessel
Kuhnhackl – Cullen – Wilson
Dumoulin – Schultz
Streit – Hainsey
Cole – Ruhwedel
Juliana Nikac – Feature Contributor