Tampa Bay Lightning (7-7-1, 15 pts) at Pittsburgh Penguins (7-4-1, 15 pts)
The Lightning are finishing up a four game road trip. They're 2-0-1 on the trip, with both of the victories coming with Holmqvist in net. I'd say we're likely to see him again tonight, since Marc Denis has been struggling in his last few starts.
The Lightning penalty kill has been sporadic of late, killing only 23 of 31 in their last six games. The power play has stepped it up, however, scoring 5 goals in the past two games.
The Lightning have a better record on the road (4-2-1) than they do at home (3-5), and the Pens usually have trouble with the Bolts.
Martin St Louis and Vincent Lecavalier have both been hot, with St Louis scoring 11 goals so far and Lecavalier notching 20 points.
The Pens will be looking to bounce back from consecutive losses on the west coast and get back onto a good streak. The need to get more shots on goal and earn more chances on the power play. Anaheim was one of the most penalized teams and the Pens only managed two chances against them.
The Pens have allowed a power play goal against them in four straight games. Would be nice for that streak to end tonight, but that will be a tough task against the good power play of the Lightning, especially if the Pens are on the PK 9 times like they were on Monday.
I'm looking for a Pens victory, and (still) goal #1 from Colby Armstrong (I'm going to keep saying it until he does it).
Let's Go Pens!