Tonight’s matchup at PPG Paints Arena is set to be against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Here’s what you should know..
TBL not having the season they pulled off the last two years seem to be struggling. This could benefit the Penguins who are also having some problems right now. The Pens being down three crucial players on the defensive end have added more depth to D with Frank Corrado and Mark Streit.
Tampa also adding a few players to the lineup the biggest was Peter Budaj from LA Kings for Ben Bishop, Bryon Froese for Brian Boyle, Mike McKenna, and a few other acquisitions.
Tampa is 4 points out of a playoff spot, getting desperate having made it to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015 to the Chicago Blackhawks, and then in 2016 faced tonight’s opposition Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals and both ending in a loss.
Nikita Kucherov, is on fire having 61 points on the season, and grabbing a natural hat trick on 3 identical goals against the Ottawa Senators on Monday. Also, recently having a 4 game 12 point streak.
Penguins’ Jake Guentzel is quietly grabbing points playing along side Sidney Crosby. Guentzel having 15 points in 25 GP.
TBL | PIT
Points- 66 | 84
Last 10- 7-3 | 5-5
Goals per game- 2.77 | 3.42
Goals against- 2.76 | 2.79
Faceoff- 48.6% | 47.7%
PP- 22.7% | 21.6%
PK- 80.58% | 80.39%