Sunday, November 27, 2005

Game #24 - at Lightning

Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning

Pittsburgh - 7-10-6 - 20 pts - Last in Atlantic
Tampa Bay - 12-10-3 - 27 pts - 2nd in Southeast

Tampa Bay is one of the rare teams that have a better road record. They're only .500 at home, which is unusual for a second place team with a winning record. However, they play in the wretched Southeast division, which right now appears to be the worst division in hockey.

Tampa is 5-2 against the Atlantic division, and before getting smeared by New Jersey the other night, they were on a 5-0-1 streak. But, prior to that, they had lost six straight. Suffice it to say that they're a streaky team so far this season. Hopefully they continue their downward streak tonight against the Pens.

As noted in another article on this blog, Sidney Crosby is a 50/50 shot to play in the game. I'm going to guess that if there's any way possible for him to play, he'll be out there. He said yesterday that it would depend on if he could get a skate over his foot. Evidentally he can't really do any more damage to the foot by playing.

Game time is 5:00 today - kind of a weird time. Maybe the Pens will do something strange and get a win in the state of Florida. They've been horrible there for some time now.

Let's go Pens!

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