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Game Preview: Pens-Bolts

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins face the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Lightning

TIME: 7 p.m. EST

PLACE: PPG Paints Arena

TV: AT&T SportsNet
RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X


1. Sidney Crosby will play in his 807th career NHL game tonight, moving into second place in franchise history ahead of Jaromir Jagr. Crosby trails only Mario Lemieux (915).

2. Jake Guentzel has 3 goals in the past 2 games (all on the power play). He also has 5 goals in his last 6 contests.

3. The Pens welcome back Chris Kunitz, who is one of only five players in franchise history to win three Stanley Cups. Kunitz played 8-plus seasons in Pittsburgh and scored the double-overtime winner in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against Ottawa last season.

4. Tampa Bay has the NHL's best record at 16-4-2 for 34 points. The Bolts are 1-2 in their past 3 games, but 7-2-1 in their past 9 overall.  

5. Tampa Bay has the No. 1 and 2 leading scorers in the NHL with Steven Stamkos (36 points) and Nikita Kucherov (34). They also boast the league leader in goals (Kucherov, 17), assists (Stamkos, 26) and goalie wins (Andrei Vasilevskiy, 15).


PIT - Evgeni Malkin (upper-body).

TBL - Jake Dotchin (undisclosed).


*Due to playing on back-to-back nights, the Pens did not hold a morning skate. 

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