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Yet another big game. This is likely a first-round preview.
The Lightning could still technically catch the Pens to take home ice advantage and Montreal is breathing down Tampa Bay's neck. In all honesty, a three-point game might be good here as long as the Pens win. Then again, sending a statement to a possible playoff opponent matters too.
Seven goals since January 21st.
Look at all those zeros.
Know your enemy: Lightning Hockey Blog
What they're saying about the Lightning:
So the Lightning head into tonight's game with a two game win streak. The Pens are coming off of a 5-2 loss against the Flyers. And the Pensblog has been recently taken some time to analyze Mike Richards' tweets. Let's just all admit that M Richards' tweets are at least more interesting than the ones the Lightning players have been retweeting. Like I said on my twitter, if getting retweeted by a hockey player makes your life, you might need to actually get a life.
Now the Lightning are just two points away of clinching their first playoff spot in four years. So tonight's game is big for the team. Can they build on the two recent wins and clinch a spot tonight? The last two times we played the Pens we were spanked pretty bad. The team can end off their season series even tonight with a win. This would be key for the Lightning if we end up facing them in the playoffs because nothing would be worse then going into game 1 of your first playoffs in years knowing you've been outscored in the last two meetings 13-2.
Season series: Penguins Lead 2-1
Last meeting: January 5, 2011 - Penguins Won 8-1
What we said in our recap:
The only thing that could've made this game better was if Dominic Moore took off his skate and attacked Adam Hall and Ryan Malone with it.
We have zero sympathy and no time to cry for Tampa Bay. Even with this game being the second of a back-to-back against two Eastern Conference powerhouses, there is no excuse for coming out flatter than Kate Moss.
EDIT: This is the last game on FSN Pittsburgh before we "have a place to ROOT" tomorrow.
Tonight's Twitter contest.
Ryan Malone will be back in the line-up for Tampa. He had a groin injury and a torn abdominal muscle. We're guessing he suffered both injuries while straining to pick up a penny off the sidewalk.
Dwayne Roloson will be in net.
Favorite Lightning-related Photoshop or gif:
Chris Kunitz - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
James Neal - Mark Letestu - Alexei Kovalev
Pascal Dupuis - Max Talbot - Chris Conner
Mike Rupp - Craig Adams - Mike Comrie
Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Ben Lovejoy - Matt Niskanen
Lightning Lines from Empty Netters:
Simon Gagne - Steven Stamkos - Steve Downie
Nate Thompson - Vincent Lecavalier - Martin St Louis
Adam Hall - Dominic Moore - Dana Tyrell
Ryan Malone - Teddy Purcell - Sean Bergenheim
Victor Hedman - Pavel Kubina
Matt Lundin - Eric Brewer
Brett Clark - Mattias Ohlund