The teams just completed pregame warmups here at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa Bay and the fans in attendance are already clamoring their Lightning-logoed rally drums.
Lightning coach Guy Boucher
had center Steven Stamkos
on multiple lines in Game 2 -- as high on the top line, in addition to some checking-line duties.
In warmups on Monday, Boucher had the following lines established to open Game 3. I wouldn't count of them remaining this way though.
-Sean Bergenheim-Dominic Moore
Vinny Lecavalier-Martin St. Louis-Simon Gagne
-Dana Tyrell-Adam Hall
-Steve Stamkos-Ryan Malone
Earlier in the day, Stamkos spoke about his recent scoring struggles (5 goals in last 25 games).
"It's something that has been prolonged for my liking, but at the same time I've picked up other aspects of my game that are going to need to be there to be successful in the playoffs so I'm happy where those parts of my game are at," Stamkos said. "Now I'm just trying to find a healthy combination of the both to move forward and help this team win."
Penguins pregame warmup line combinations included:
-Tyler Kennedy-Chris Kunitz
-James Neal-Mark Letestu
-Pascal Dupuis-Max Talbot
-Arron Asham-Craig Adams