Gameday 41 – Lightning

7:00 PM


CONSOL Energy Center
Know Your Enemy: Lightning Hockey Blog

Just a little programming note here at LHB: I'll be taking about a week off from blogging for Christmas. It's just for a week or so, until all of the holiday craziness is over and then I'll be back to talking about the Lightning in the new year.

Last meeting with the Pens: November 12, 2010 – Pens 5-1. In our recap we said:

This was Fleury's best game of the season. No question about that. Tampa Bay didn't show up until the third, but the Pens finally got a few bounces and some timely goals.

Season series: Series Tied 1-1.
Pens Notes:
The alumni game will be on the NHL Network tonight.  The last episode of 24/7 is on tonight as well.
Lightning Notes:
The Lightning signedMarc-Andre Bergeron.
Dwayne Roloson, who was just acquired from the Islanders, will start against the Penguins. He shut out Washington last night.

Favorite Lightning-Related Photoshop or Gif:

Pens' lines:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
Evgeni Malkin – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
Matt Cooke – Mark Letestu – Chris Conner
Mike Rupp – Max Talbot – Craig Adams/Arron Asham

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

Marc-Andre Fleury


Lightning lines from Empty Netters:

Ryan Malone – Steven Stamkos – Martin St. Louis
Simon Gagne – Vincent Lecavalier – Sean Bergenheim
Dana Tyrell – Nate Thompson – Adam Hall
Steve Downie – Dominic Moore – Teddy Purcell
Victor Hedman – Brett Clark
Mattias Ohlund – Mike Lundin
Matt SmabyPavel Kubina
Dwayne Roloson

As much as the NHL will forever push Crosby VS. Ovechkin, Crosby VS. Stamkos is a much closer, much more competitive and much more compelling race.
Back inside.  The hype for the Winter Classic is over.  HBO is gone.  Things are back to normal.  We're back to the grind.
The days of the Tampa Bay Lightning being pushovers are done.  The Lightning currently lead the Southeast Division and are tied for the Eastern Conference lead with Pittsburgh and Philly.  All three teams have 53 points, but the Flyers have played one fewer game.  The Lightning are coming off a shutout over the Capitals.  Steven Stamkos is biting at Sidney Crosby's heels for the Richard Trophy.
The last time the Penguins played the Lightning, Fleury pulled out a big win and got his groove back.  Now the focus is on the other net.  Dwayne Roloson is fresh off of Long Island and he's currently a big deal in Tampa.  The Pens need to take some of that luster off of him.  This is a big game for both teams.  The new comments system is going to get its first workout tonight.
Do It.
Go Pens.