NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, January 29th
(All times eastern)
Pittsburgh Penguins (11-32-5-3) at Tampa Bay Lightning (24-16-6-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning try for their fourth straight
victory tonight when they welcome the lowly Pittsburgh Penguins to the St.
Pete Times Forum for the back end of a home-and-home.
Tampa toppled Edmonton and Calgary before a 6-2 pounding of the Penguins on
Tuesday. The three triumphs have seen the Lightning outscore the opposition by
a combined score of 15-6.
On Tuesday, Pavel Kubina and Cory Stillman each scored two goals with an
assist to lead the effort. Fredrik Modin and Martin St. Louis each had a score
and a helper for the Lightning, who hold a comfortable seven-point lead over
second-place Atlanta in the Southeast Division standings.
Brad Richards added three helpers and John Grahame made 20 saves for Tampa
Bay, which scored four times in the third period to bust open a tied game. Dan
Boyle added two assists, but did miss a penalty shot during the course of the
Defenseman Darryl Sydor, acquired by Tampa Bay earlier in the day from
Columbus, did not play against Pittsburgh. He should be in the lineup tonight.
The Bolts, only 3-6-2-1 in their last 12 home games, will host the Thrashers
Dick Tarnstrom and Josef Melichar scored for the Penguins, who have lost seven
straight games overall. Aleksey Morozov assisted on both Pittsburgh goals,
while Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves in defeat.
Melichar ended a 136-game scoreless streak, the longest in Penguins' history
at the start of a career.
The Penguins, with 30 points, hold the worst record in the National Hockey
Pittsburgh, which has dropped three straight on the road, will host
Philadelphia on Saturday.
Tampa Bay is 3-0 against Pittsburgh this season, and 5-3-1 in the last nine
meetings overall. The Pens are 1-7-1 in their last nine trips to Tampa.
01/29 10:32:34 ET