The Pittsburgh Penguins (11-10-3) play Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena.
The game comes after the Penguins lost both ends of a home-and-home with the Philadelphia Flyers but picked up points in each, 4-3 in a shootout Saturday at home and 2-1 in overtime Monday on the road.
The Lightning (12-6-4) is coming off a 4-0 win Monday at home against Dallas.
The game starts a little after 7 p.m.
This game comes just six days after the Penguins last visited Tampa, and that was a game to remember.
Not only did the Penguins come back from a two-goal deficit, but they also got a goalie goal from Tristan Jarry.
It was a tremendous feel-good game. It remains to be seen whether dropping the two games to the Flyers in the interim rubbed the shine off that night, or whether returning to Tampa will get those juices flowing again.
One thing that hasn’t changed in the past week and beyond is the total lack of results from the Penguins power play, which has gone 11 games, 29 chances and several personnel and strategy tweaks without a goal.
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The Lightning, following the frustrating loss to the Penguins, had an even tougher time Saturday in an 8-1 loss in the first half of a home-and-home with Dallas before bouncing back with the shutout win.
The win against the Stars came on a night when the Lightning celebrated defenseman Victor Hedman’s 1,000th game.
Overall, Tampa has lost four of its past five, five of its past seven (2-4-1).
Expected Penguins Lines
Jake Guentzel-Sidney Crosby-Bryan Rust
Reilly Smith-Evgeni Malkin-Drew O’Connor
Radim Zohorna-Lars Eller-Alex Nylander
Jansen Harkins-Joonas Koppanen-Jeff Carter
Ryan Graves-Kris Letang
Marcus Pettersson-Erik Karlsson
Ryan Shea-John Ludvig
Expected Lightning Lines
Steven Stamkos-Brayden Point-Nikita Kucherov
Brandon Hagel-Anthony Cirelli -Alex Barre-Boulet
Tanner Jeannot-Nick Paul-Mikey Eyssimont
Cole Koepke-Luke Glendening-Tyler Motte
Victor Hedman-Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev-Darren Raddysh
Calvin de Haan-Nick Perbix
Penguins Special Teams
Penguins power play: 10.5%, 30th
Penguins penalty kill: 84.9%, 8th
Lightning power play: 31%, 2nd
Lightning penalty kill: 82.9%, 11th
Penguins Game Notes
The Penguins have won their past five games against Tampa. A win would give them their first streak of at least six straight wins since they went 10-0-0 Jan. 15, 2012-Dec. 15, 2014.
Jake Guentzel has a six-game point streak, a nine-game road point streak, and has 22 points (8 goals, 15 assists) in his past 19 games.
Sidney Crosby has scored the game’s opening goal five times, most in the NHL. He leads the Penguins with 15 goals and is second with 26 points.
Crosby, with 1,528 career points, is three shy of tying Paul Coffey for 14th all-time in the league. With 565 career goals, he is one shy of tying Patrick Marleau for 23rd all-time in the league.
Kris Letang has an eight-game point streak against Tampa (10 assists) and has 41 points (5 goals, 36 assists) in 45 career games against the Lightning.
How to Watch
TV: SportsNet Pittsburgh
Radio: 105.9 FM The X