GAMEDAY 77 – LIGHTNING

 

7:30 PM
 
Mellon Arena
 
Listen to the game at [WXDX]
 
Know the Enemy:
 
 
 

"He's got no respect for the players…  Matt Cooke, he's been doing that for a long time… He knew exactly that he was going to hit his head and that's how guys get hurt."

Vincent Lecavalier

It's a good thing that the Tampa Bay Lightning do not have any players that would ever do anything dangerous and potentially hurt someone…
 
 
Nope.
They play clean and never, ever take cheap shots.
 

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Steven Stamkos is two goals behind Sidney Crosby in the Rocket Richard race.
 
The Penguins are one point ahead of the Devils for the Atlantic Division lead.
The Devils have now played the same number of games as Pittsburgh so now the Pens control their own destiny.
 
The Penguins' remaining schedule:
 
The Devils' remaining schedule:
 
The Buffalo Sabres sit a point behind the Penguins for second spot in the East.
They've played one fewer game than the Penguins and Devils.
 
The Sabres' remaining schedule:
 
The Pens have more home games remaining than either the Sabres or the Devils.
Buffalo and New Jersey meet each other in their final game of the season.

 
Both Gonchar and Malkin will miss tonight's game.
Malkin's foot in still injured and Gonchar is suffering from strep throat.
According to Empty Netters, "Gonchar was wheezing and hacking up pretty good in the locker room after practice this morning."
 
Antero Niittymaki will be in net for the Bolts.
 
Victor Hedman and Ryan Malone are out for Tampa Bay.
 
He won't get to play one more game there, but he's asked if he could get a few seats from the arena.
 

 
 
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Projected Penguins Lines:
 
Alexei Ponikarovsky – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
Chris Kunitz – Jordan StaalRuslan Fedotenko
Matt Cooke – Tyler Kennedy  – Bill Guerin
Mike Rupp – Max Talbot – Craig Adams

Jordan Leopold – Mark Eaton
Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang
Jay McKee – Alex Goligoski

Marc-Andre Fleury

 
 
 
Do it.
 

Go Pens.
 

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