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NHL Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins (30-21-9) at Tampa Bay Lightning (37-19-4)

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS NOTES:

LAST 2 GAMES
Feb. 28: Pittsburgh 3, Nashville 1 – Bridgestone Arena
PIT Goals: Crosby, Zucker, Rust (EN)
Multiple Points: None
Goalie: Jarry (24 saves, 25 shots)
Key Stats: Jason Zucker’s game-winning goal was his second in as many games and fourth in his last seven contests.
PP: 0-3
PK: 2-2

Feb. 26: Pittsburgh 7, Tampa Bay 3 – PPG Paints Arena
PIT Goals: O’Connor, Malkin, Crosby (PP), Blueger, Carter,
Zucker, Dumoulin
Multiple Points: Malkin (1G-1A), Crosby (1G-1A), Dumoulin (1G1A), Petry (2A), Pettersson (2A), Letang (2A)
Goalie: DeSmith (26 saves, 29 shots)
Key Stats: Sidney Crosby hit the 70-point plateau for the 13th time in his career.
PP: 1-2
PK: 2-3

INJURIES
Position Player Status Consecutive Games Missed Total Games Missed
F Ryan Poehling Upper-Body 8 22
2022-23 Total Regular-Season Man-Games Lost: 146

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Date Transaction
Mar. 1 F Mikael Granlund acquired from Nashville for 2023 2nd round draft pick.
Mar. 1 F Peter DiLiberatore and 2024 3rd Round Draft Pick acquired form Vegas in exchange for Teddy Blueger.
Mar. 1 F Brock McGinn and D Mark Friedman re-assigned to WBS (AHL).

Penguins’ All-Time Record vs. Lightning: 54-38-11
In Pittsburgh: 33-12-7
In Tampa Bay: 21-26-4
OT Record vs. Tampa Bay: 4-5-7
Shootout Record vs. Tampa Bay: 0-2

2022-23 Results: Pittsburgh is 2-0-0.
Penguins All-Time Point Leaders vs. LIGHTNING:
Sidney Crosby – 45GP, 61 PTS (22G-39A)
Evgeni Malkin – 43GP, 60 PTS (27G-33A)
Jaromir Jagr – 33GP, 39 PTS (20G-19A)
Mario Lemieux – 18GP, 39 PTS (11G-28A)

TONIGHT’S GAME

  • The Penguins continue along their three-game road trip as they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena (TV: AT&T Sportsnet; Radio: 105.9 The X).
  • The Penguins have wins in four of their last five games against the Lightning (4-1-0) and have points in five of their last six against them (4-1-1).
  • Pittsburgh has wins in two-straight games at Amalie Arena. A win tonight would give them their first three-game road winning streak versus Tampa Bay since Jan. 15, 2012-Nov. 29, 2013 (4 consecutive wins).
  • This road swing will be the final road trip that is three or more games this season.

QUICK HITS
1) Pittsburgh has points in 76.5% of their games versus Atlantic Division opponents this season (8-4-5).

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING NOTES:

LAST GAME
Lightning 1 vs. Florida 4
The Tampa Bay Lightning dropped a second-straight contest with a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers Tuesday night at AMALIE Arena, snapping a franchise record 16-game home point streak…The Bolts fell to 37-19-4 on the season with a home record of 22-5-3…The Lightning went 2-2-0 vs. FLA this season to split the intrastate season series…Eric Staal opened the scoring at the 6:19 mark of the first before FLA added two more goals from Anton Lundell and Eetu Luostarinen at the 15:56 and 17:37 marks to take a 3-0 lead into the intermission…FLA outshot Tampa Bay 16-4 in the opening frame…Brayden Point got the Bolts on the board with a power-play goal at the 11:39 mark of the second with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov picking up the helpers…Anthony Duclair iced the game for FLA with an empty-net goal at the 19:55 mark of the third…Andrei Vasilevskiy got the start in goal for the Lightning and stopped 37 of the 40 shots he faced.
PP: TBL – 1-5 FLA – 0-2
SOG: TBL – 29 FLA – 41
Attendance: 19,092

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
The Lightning and the Penguins are playing the third of three matchups this season and the only meeting at AMALIE Arena…The Bolts are 0-2-0 against PIT this season after suffering a 6-2 loss Oct. 15 and a 7-3 loss Feb. 26, both at PPG Paints Arena…Nikita Kucherov (1-3—4) leads Tampa Bay in points vs. PIT this season, while Brayden Point (2-1—3) leads the way in goals…Steven Stamkos has picked up points in eight of his last 10 games vs. PIT (3-7—10)…Stamkos has recorded points in 16 of his 20 career home games vs. PIT (4-21—25)…Point has scored a goal in three of his last four contests vs. PIT (3-1—4)…Alex Killorn has points in five of his last seven home games vs. PIT (2-7—9)…In five career home games vs. PIT, Anthony Cirelli has notched five points (3-2—5)…Victor Hedman has pointed in nine of his last 11 home games vs. PIT (2-9—11)…Mikhail Sergachev has picked up points in five of his last eight home games vs. PIT (3-3—6)…Ian Cole won back-to-back Stanley Cups with PIT (2015-16 & 2016-17)…In 10 career home starts vs. PIT, Andrei Vasilevskiy is 7-3-0 with a .911 save percentage and 3.12 goals against average…The Lightning are 7-3-0 in their last 10 home games vs. PIT and 5-5-0 in the last 10 meetings overall…The Bolts are 44-51-3 with five ties all-time vs. PIT, including a home record of 28-21-0 with two ties…Vincent Lecavalier (27-18—45) and Martin St. Louis (15-30—45) are tied for the Tampa Bay franchise record for career points vs. PIT.

TBL ALL-TIME POINT LEADERS VS. PIT
T1. Vincent Lecavalier – 45 pts. (27-18—45, 52 GP)
T1. Martin St. Louis – 45 pts. (15-30—45, 49 GP)

  1. Steven Stamkos – 42 pts. (14-28—42, 40 GP)
  2. Nikita Kucherov – 27 pts. (8-19—27, 23 GP)
  3. Brad Richards – 26 pts. (5-21—26, 25 GP)

TONIGHT’S STORYLINES
Tampa Bay is playing the second game of a brief, two-game homestand tonight…The Bolts will play eight of their 16 games in March on home ice…The Lightning are 7-5-1 against Metropolitan Division opponents and 17-12-2 against the Eastern Conference this season…Tampa Bay is 22-5-3 on home ice this season…The Bolts have scored three or more goals in 10 of their last 11 home games and 25 of their 30 games at AMALIE Arena this season…The Lightning have scored a power-play goal in 10 of their last 11 home games.

INJURIES
2022-23 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 95
Current Injuries:
None

TRANSACTIONS
March 1 – Acquired F Michael Eyssimont from San Jose in exchange for F Vladislav Namestnikov
Feb. 26 – Acquired F Tanner Jeannot from Nashville in exchange for D Cal Foote, a 2025 first-round pick, a 2024 second-round pick, a 2023 third-round pick, a 2023 fourth-round pick and a 2023 fifth-round pick

HOME COOKING
The Lightning are 22-5-3 at home this season with a .783 points percentage, trailing only Boston (.879) for the NHL lead…Tampa Bay has scored three or more goals in 10 of their last 11 games at AMALIE Arena and 25 of 30 home games overall…The Lightning have surrendered two or less goals in 11 of their last 17 home contests…The Bolts are averaging over four goals per game on home ice for the second time in franchise history at 4.07 GF/GP (also: 4.02 GF/GP, 2018-19) and are the only team in the NHL averaging more than four goals per game at home…Tampa Bay’s power play is clicking at a 31.1% conversion rate on home ice, the second-best among all NHL teams, trailing only Edmonton (33.3%)…Since Dec. 1, the Lightning have given up just six powerplay goals on 50 attempts at AMALIE Arena, good for an 88 PK%, the third-best home penalty kill percentage in the NHL during that span, trailing only Boston (90.6%) and New Jersey (88.9%).

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