PENS TV SOUNDPaul Martin Brandon Sutter Kris Letang --Sam Kasan
Pens coach Mike Johnston had a few notes...
- Bortuzzo, who left Saturday's game, is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
- Kunitz is still progressing. May join practice later this week.
- Harrington will not play tonight, but will likely get into the lineup sometime this week.
Marc-Andre Fleury was the first goalie off the ice from the morning skate. --Sam Kasan
Pens GM Jim Rutherford gave an update on the mumps situation...
- Crosby is over the infectious period of mumps and could have returned today, but the team is being cautious.
- Bennett has symptoms for mumps. Test results will come back tomorrow.
Defenseman Scott Harrington was recently called back up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Bench boss Mike Johnston shows he still has it
Assistant coach Rick Tocchet goes over the fundamentals with blueliner Christian Ehrhoff
Greiss perfecting the butterfly technique
Geno preparing to go bar down
Assistant coach Gary Agnew doesn't look too thrilled clearing the net of pucks
Sutter about to fire a rocket
No surprise Hornqvist is having a good time--Joey Sykes
MORNING SKATE INFO
The Pens are on the ice for their morning skate. Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo is missing from the skate. Other injured players out are: Beau Bennett, Chris Kunitz, Zach Sill, Scott Wilson and Olli Maatta. Kunitz skated before the team's skate with strength and conditioning coach. --Sam Kasan
DIGITAL PREVIEW--Sam Kasan
SCOUTING THE BOLTS --Sam Kasan
START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans. Tonight the Pens and Bolts battle for Eastern Conference supremecy. Both enter the game as the leader of their respective divisions.
- The Penguins begin a three-game homestand against the Tampa Bay Lightning (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio: 105.9 the X) at CONSOL Energy Center.
- Pittsburgh has gotten at least one point in 12 of its last 15 games (9-3-3).
- The Penguins have won nine straight games against the Lightning, the team’s longest winning streak in the history of the series between the teams.
- Pittsburgh’s last loss to the Lightning came Nov. 17, 2011 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
- Here in Pittsburgh, the Penguins have won seven consecutive games against the Lightning. That’s the Penguins second-longest active home winning streak behind a 13-game streak against Winnipeg.
- Since the Penguins have moved into CONSOL Energy Center they are 7-0 against the Lightning, outscoring them by a 38-14 margin.
- Twice the Penguins have equaled their CONSOL Energy Center record of eight goals in a single game (2/25/12 and 1/5/2011).
- Since 2012-13 the Penguins have averaged a league-leading 3.12 goals per game, tied with Chicago. Anaheim (3.01) and Tampa Bay (3.00) rank third and fourth on that list.
- This season the Penguins are 8-0-1 against teams from the Atlantic Division.
The Penguins have gone 9-2-2 this year against teams that currently hold playoff positions.
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--- --Sam Kasan