Gameday 17 – Lightning

7:00 PM
CONSOL Energy Center

Know The Enemy:
Lightning Hockey Blog

Fleury is in net for the Pens.


Steven Stamkos is pretty good.


He currently leads the NHL in goals and points.

As we mentioned on the podcast, the Lightning lost 6-3 to Washington last night and Vincent Lecavalier broke his hand.

The Lightning are 8-5-2 on the season. 

Steve Downie is out with an injury.

CBC asks if Ryan Malone has fallen out of favor in Tampa Bay:

Consider: Malone is averaging 15:03 of ice time and 2:41 of power-play time, down from 18:45 and 3:32 last season and 17:45 and 3:16 the year before. His production has dropped along with his burn, as he has just two goals in 15 games after scoring 21 and 26 the last two years. Does rookie Lightning coach Guy Boucher see something he doesn't like in Malone? That's uncertain, but the 30-year-old forward isn't off to a good start.


The Pens lines:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke – Evgeni MalkinArron Asham
Mike Rupp – Max Talbot – Craig Adams
Chris Conner – Mark Letestu – Tyler Kennedy

Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang
Paul Martin – Zbynek Michalek
Alex GoligoskiDeryk Engelland/Ben Lovejoy

Marc-Andre Fleury

A Horrible Guess at Tampa's lines:

Martin St. Louis – Steven Stamkos – Teddy Purcell
Sean Bergenheim – Dominic Moore – Ryan Malone
Mattias Ritola – Nate Thompson – Mike Vernace
Adam Hall – ??? – Dana Tyrell

Mattias Ohlund – Randy Jones
 Victor Hedman – Brett Clark
Mike LundinPavel Kubina

Mike Smith/Dan Ellis

No idea if it will be Smith or Ellis in net tonight.
Ellis Played last night, so it makes sense that Smith would start today.
Found today on Puck Daddy, this "Puck The Bunnies" song includes many Pens' players:


Prepare to have that stuck in your head for a while.

The NHL announced the names on the official All-Star ballot.
Crosby, Malkin, Fleury and Martin are listed for the Pens.

TiqIQ put another chart together:

They say that the price of hockey tickets is usually about 1/4 of the price of football.
If you're still looking for tickets to tonight's game, look here.

Tonight, the chaos begins.
Do It.
Go Pens.