Playoff Gameday – Round One, Game Four – Lightning

St. Pete Times Forum – 7:00PM
Penguins Lead Series 2-1.
Team Notes:

The Penguins aren't saying if Comrie or Tangradi will play in place of Kunitz.

Empty Netters with a good post on how Cooke's absence is hurting the Pens PK.


Steve Yzerman has been nominated for GM of the Year.

Blair Jones and Mattias Ritola have been recalled due to the Downie suspension. Not sure which one will play tonight.

Stamkos and Malone Should both be in the line up.

Stamkos feels that he's about the break out.


Know Your Enemy: Lightning Hockey Blog

What they're saying about the Lightning:

Another huge game for the Lightning tonight. It's not an elimination night but if the Lightning lose tonight, I'll be writing that we are in must win mode tomorrow morning. Every game in the playoffs are important. The Lightning will have to work on getting some secondary scoring because right now, it seems that only Lecavalier and St. Louis is hitting the scoresheet. Although he looked a lot better in Game 3, this is the time Stamkos needs to work that much harder and make an impact. I've been giving him a pass on his efforts since this is his first playoffs, but there comes a time, when you need to start demanding your star players to make a difference. Although the Pens still have not been able to convert on the powerplay, they've been able to score by committee 5 on 5. Their line of Mike Rupp, Craig Adams and Arron Asham has been a force I did not expect in this series.

Penguins Lines:

James Neal – Mark Letestu – Alexei Kovalev
Mike Comrie/Eric Tangradi – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
Pascal Dupuis – Max Talbot – Chris Conner
Mike Rupp – Craig Adams – Arron Asham

Kris Letang – Brooks Orpik
Zbynek Michalek – Paul Martin
Deryk Engelland – Ben Lovejoy

Marc-Andre Fleury

Guessing at the Lightning's Lines:

Simon Gagne – Vincent Lecavalier – Martin St. Louis
Ryan Malone – Steven Stamkos – Nate Thompson
Adam Hall – Dominic Moore – Teddy Purcell
Dana Tyrell – Sean Bergenheim – Blair Jones/Mattias Ritola

Mike Lundin – Mattias Ohlund
Eric Brewer – Victor Hedman
Pavel Kubina – Brett Clark

Dwayne Roloson

Photoshop City:
Another huge game.  This is the playoffs.
After tonight, the Pens could either be heading back to Pittsburgh with a 3-1 series lead… or it could be all tied up.  It's obvious that this is the night where the entire series could change drastically.  The Penguins need their special teams to be big tonight.  They need to push Tampa Bay to the brink, not let them back in this thing.
Tonight the Pens need The Power.
Do It.
Go Pens.