Friday, October 16, 2009

Penguins Game Day 8 - vs. Tampa Bay Lightning


7:30 PM, Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA


What a beautiful place for hockey.

The Penguins will take on Ryan Malone and the Tampa Bay Lightning later tonight in their first game back from the 5-0 road trip they just got done dominating.

The Lightning come in at 2-2-2 on the season after an embarrassing 7-1 loss to Ottawa on Wednesday night. The Sens scored the first five goals of the games, two of which were short handed goals by Milan Michalek. Micalek also scored a power play goal for an absolute dismal night for the Lightning power play. Jarkko Ruutu also scored and chipped in three points in the win for the Sens. When Jarkko is racking up multiple points you know you are having a bad night.

Pittsburgh boy Ryan Malone leads the team with six goals, three of which came in a hat trick he recorded against the Carolina Hurricanes last Saturday. Marin St. Louis leads the team with 10 points (3+7) so I guess you can't say it is all bad for the Lightning. They are winning a few games.

The prize of the Tampa Bay team is definately center Steven Stamkos. Stamkos was the Lightning's top pick this past draft and has seven points on this young season (3+4). He is a promising talent and, although not as highly touted as Sid or OV, can more than make his mark on the game with his skill set.

The Penguins are going with these lines today according to Penguins.com

Kunitz-Crosby-Guerin
Dupuis-Malkin-Fedotenko
Cooke-Staal-Kennedy
Rupp-Adams-Godard

Orpik-Gonchar
Eaton-Letang
McKee-Goligoski

Fluery

Solid lineup against a Lightning team that we should probably beat. Jay McKee and Alex Goligoski might be playing some of the best hockey right now. Jay McKee actually blocks shots in his sleep. He currently leads the NHL in block shots as Mark Eaton is somewhere in the top five. Remember when everyone hated Eaton (me included)? Well who cares. He is pretty money now.

No lineup for the Lightning yet but here are some lineup changes per Tampa's official team site:

Look for a couple of changes tonight, first, Antero Niittymaki will be back in the goal for Tampa Bay and second, look for Tocchet to start the game with Steve Downie playing on a line with Alex Tanguay and Vincent Lecavalier.



Lets Go Pens


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