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Penguins Report: Game Day vs. Tampa Bay

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

Well, it's certainly been an eventful day here at the arena... Celina Pompeani and Sam Kasan have it all covered, as they discuss the David Perron trade and tonight's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

--Michelle Crechiolo


Thomas Greiss

Sidney Crosby

Kris Letang

--Michelle Crechiolo


Cedric Paquette

J.T. Brown

Ben Bishop will get the start in net against the Penguins tonight

Mark Barberio

Andrej Sustr

Big man Brian Boyle

--Joey Sykes

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward David Perron from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Rob Klinkhammer and a 2015 first-round draft pick, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The full release is here.

--Michelle Crechiolo


--Joey Sykes

Head coach Mike Johnston had a few notes about the team's lineup...
  • Forward Steve Downie returns to the lineup after missing the last six games with mumps. "For different players (mumps) affects you in different ways," Johnston said. "For him, it really knocked him down for several days. So for some guys that have had the mumps, it didn’t seem to be a fatigue thing or a real flu-like thing. But for him, it was. So it’s great to get him back. It looks like he’s got lots of energy, so it’ll be good to have him in tonight."
  • Thomas Greiss will start in goal for the first time since Dec. 13 at Columbus. Marc-Andre Fleury will get the nod tomorrow night against Montreal.
  • There was a post-game day skate skirmish between Evgeni Malkin and Craig Adams. Johnston, who wasn't on the ice as he had assistants Rick Tocchet and Gary Agnew ran practice. talked to the coaches about the incident but hasn't talked to the players yet. "For sure, I want to talk to the players involved," Johnston said. "I haven’t done that. I just had a chance to talk to our coaches. So anytime those things happen, you’d like to get the players together and just work it out. Usually, sometimes it’s an isolated incident, 'well, he hooked me and the guy got his stick up a little bit and I went back at him.' Or you want to make sure it’s nothing deeper than that, for sure."

--Sam Kasan


Nick Spaling and Pens goaltending coach Mike Bales reminisce on 2014

Geno getting ready to bend some branches

The captain ready to fire one home

Just because Greiss is a goalie doesn't mean he can't work on his shooting skills

Zach Sill is back skating after missing some time

Goc is super happy that he didn't miss wide

Scott Harrington loosening up

Bryan Rust about to pick a corner

Bortz masters the art of puck handling

Tanger backhands it bar down

--Joey Sykes

The Pens are on the ice for the morning skate. A full compliment of players. The only people missing are Christian Ehrhoff and Rob Scuderi. Injured/sick players Steve Downie and Zach Sill are also with the team.

--Sam Kasan


--Sam Kasan

Michelle Crechiolo did the job of scouting the Bolts, so you don't have to. Very well written stuff from MC.

--Sam Kasan

Good morning hockey fans. Tonight the Pens will host the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first of a tough back-to-back set that concludes with the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night. It's the 3rd time in the past 3 weeks that Pittsburgh and Tampa have faced off, with each team securing a win at home. Here are some game notes to get you going...
  • The Penguins begin back-to-back weekend home games with a matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio: 105.9 the X) at CONSOL Energy Center.
  • Pittsburgh enters tonight’s game having gone 6-1 in their last seven games at CONSOL Energy Center.
  • The Penguins finished the month of December with a 7-2 home record. Pittsburgh allowed just 13 goals in nine home games last month. The Penguins’ 1.44 home goals-against average in December ranked second in the NHL behind Montreal’s 1.40 mark.
  • When these two teams met on Dec. 23 at Amalie Center in Tampa Bay, the Lightning ended the Penguins’ 10-game winning streak in the series. It was Pittsburgh’s longest winning streak in the history of the series between the teams.
  • Here in Pittsburgh, the Penguins have won eight 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 8-0 against the Lightning, outscoring them by a 42-16 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).
  • Tonight the Penguins begin their seventh set of back-to-back games. Thus far they have a cumulative record of 4-4-4; including 2-2-2 the first night and 2-2-2 in the second game.
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--Sam Kasan
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