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Penguins at Lightning preview

Pittsburgh has lost two straight games; Tampa Bay 2-2-0 in past four

by Corey Long / Independent Correspondent

PENGUINS (6-4-0) at LIGHTNING (4-3-1)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN


The Game

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning will each look to get untracked when they play at Amalie Arena on Wednesday.

The Penguins have been outscored 7-2 in losing two straight after a five-game winning streak. They play the second of a back to back following a 4-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. Goalie Tristan Jarry is expected to start for Pittsburgh.

The Lightning are 2-2-0 in their past four and have been outscored 14-11, including a 6-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy will start for Tampa Bay.


Players to watch

Penguins forward Jake Guentzel has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past nine games. 

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman has points (one goal, two assists) in three consecutive games. 


They said it

"We had some opportunities, we hit a few more posts. But I love how our team is competing. I think we're competing hard. We were in a one-goal hockey game. That game could go either way. It didn't go our way tonight, but we're playing hard." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan on the loss Tuesday

"We had that last game and it didn't work out for us. I don't think it's as big an advantage and everyone makes it out to be. If anything, you're a little fatigued. We know how we feel coming off a back to back. It shouldn't really change much. You can't go into the game thinking. 'We've got a tired team, it's going to be an easy night'... I mean, it's the National Hockey League." -- Lightning center Steven Stamkos on playing teams on a back to back


Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Dominik Simon

Dominik Kahun -- Jared McCann -- Patric Hornqvist

Zach Aston-Reese -- Teddy Blueger -- Brandon Tanev

Adam Johnson -- Joseph Blandisi -- Sam Lafferty

John Marino -- Kris Letang

Marcus Pettersson - Justin Schultz

Jack Johnson -- Erik Gudbranson

Tristan Jarry

Matt Murray

Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel, Juuso Riikola

Injured: Bryan Rust (upper body), Zach Trotman (hernia surgery), Nick Bjugstad (lower body), Evgeni Malkin (lower body), Alex Galchenyuk (lower body), Brian Dumoulin (undisclosed)


Lightning projected lineup

Steven Stamkos -- Tyler Johnson -- Mathieu Joseph

Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Yanni Gourde

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Nikita Kucherov

Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Luke Witkowski

Victor Hedman -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Braydon Coburn -- Mikhail Sergachev

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Jan Rutta, Carter Verhaeghe

Injured: None


Status report

Paquette is expected to make his season debut after recovering from an arm injury. … Rust was among extras skating for the Penguins in a lightly attended optional morning skate.


Stat pack

Stamkos is three goals away from 400 in his NHL career. … Crosby has one assist in his past three games after starting the season on a seven-game point streak.

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