Gameday 44 – Lightning

Pittsburgh Penguins (22-17-4) @ Tampa Bay Lightning (17-22-4)

1:00 pm/et

TV: ROOT, NHLN-CA, SUN

Tampa Bay Times Forum – Tampa, FL

It's a 1pm game on a Sunday, but it's not on NBC. That makes sense, since this is far from a marquee match-up.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are currently in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. The Tampa Bay Lightning are at the very bottom. It seems like we're a long way from the first round of the 2011 playoffs. The Lightning are 0-5-1 in their last six and 3-5-2 in their last ten. Apparently the 1-3-1 isn't quite so unbeatable after all.

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The Penguins finally broke their six-game losing streak on Friday night and they're 4-6-0 in their last ten. That Penguins win against Florida is the only game that either of these teams have won since December 29.

2012 has not been kind to either of these teams.

Season Series: 0-1-0

Last meeting that counted: November 17, 2011. Lightning won 4-1.

What we said in our recap:

The power play went 0 for 7. It was the playoffs all over again. The Lightning as a team don't have the Pens' number. The Lightning special teams have the Pens' special teams' number. Simple as that. No 1-3-1 bullshit involved. If the 1-3-1 was all everyone is making it out to be, the Lightning would go 82-0. Tampa's middle-of-the-road PP unit made the Pens' top-ranked (now second-ranked) PK unit look like mud. Tampa's middle-of-the-road PK unit and Roloson made the Pens' 9th-ranked PP unit look like mud. We're all about stepping up to challenges, but we want no part of the Tampa Bay Lightning as it stands today. No way. No how.

Know Your Enemy: Lightning Hockey Blog.

What they're saying:

Is letting opposition go up by two goals in the 1st the M.O.? Then clawing your way back only to still lose the game? This is our sixth straight loss.

Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:

Ray Shero won't panic.

Ron Cook: Blame the Steelers.

Tampa Bay Lightning Notes:

The Lightning are in the basement.

They also have a struggling power play.


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It's Sunday afternoon:

Do It.

Go Pens.

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