Although Tampa Bay won Game 6 at St. Pete Times Forum to even their opening-round series with Pittsburgh at three wins apiece and force a Game 7, the Penguins battled all year to gain home-ice advantage for this very scenario – meaning CONSOL Energy Center will play host to its first-ever Game 7 tonight at 8 p.m.
Here's a look at some of the numbers for tonight's game and the series as a whole:
Overall series record for teams that have gone up 3-1 in a series following Vancouver’s Game 7 win over Chicago on Tuesday night.
Overall record for home teams in Game 7 since the NHL expanded from six to 12 teams in 1967.
Number of consecutive games the Penguins have gone, including the postseason, since last losing three or more consecutive games. Pittsburgh’s last losing streak of three or more games occurred Dec. 27, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010 (5 games).
Wins the Penguins have earned in their past five Game 7s heading into tonight’s game. They own a 7-5 all-time record in Game 7. Tonight marks the fourth time in Pittsburgh’s past six series that a Game 7 has been necessary. The Penguins have gone 2-1 in the first three – including a 2-1 defeat of Detroit on June 12, 2009 that secured the franchise’s third Stanley Cup.
The number of players on Pittsburgh’s active roster – 10 skaters and both goaltenders, to be exact – that have appeared in at least one Game 7 with the team.
The number of players on Pittsburgh’s active roster who have scored goals in Game 7 during their postseason careers. Jordan Staal
and Maxime Talbot lead the way with two apiece. Staal scored one of Pittsburgh’s two goals against Montreal in last year’s Eastern Conference semifinal and also tallied in a 6-2 victory over Washington on May 13, 2009. Both of Talbot’s goals came in the Stanley Cup Final against Detroit on June 12, 2009.
Dan Bylsma’s rank among head coaches in team history for most postseason series victories should the Penguins win tonight. It would be Bylsma’s sixth postseason series win.
Total attendance during the Penguins’ active 209 game consecutive sellout streak (includes regular season and playoffs), which started Feb. 14, 2007 vs. Chicago. That averages out to 17,327 fans per game.