Tampa Bay Lightning
7:00 p.m., CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Another big game taking place at the CONSOL Energy Center as game two is almost upon us. The Penguins came out and really set the tone for the series in game one and put up a 3-0 shutout win behind the spectacular play of the defense and goaltender Marc Andre Fleury.
In the overall picture of the series this is just one game. It could be worth as much as 25% of the series or as little as 1/7th of the series, but this one will go a long way in telling us how long this series might go. If the Penguins can pull off a win here they will be in the drivers seat, up 2-0, and really putting a lot of pressure on Tampa Bay to hold their serve at home.
In the same respect I think the Penguins are really going to have to weather the storm a little bit in the first period tonight. I know it seems strange that a home team will have to weather the storm when they are up 1-0 in the series but I really think that the Lightning were sort of embarassed with how they played in the first game, especially Steve Stamkos. He was invisible after the hit by Brooks Orpik and only registered a single shot.
I have a feeling that the Lightning will come out with guns-a-blazing trying to get the early lead so they can trap the hell out of the Penguins and squeeze the life out of them.
A few keys to the game:
1) Penalty Kill - Tampa is going to get some more opportunities and keeping them off the board on the special teams will be huge
2) Weather the storm - Talked about this above.
3) Attack Roloson - He broke in game one. Go to the net and get a ton of pucks at him.
4) Don't sit back and expect MAF to pitch another shutout - Tampa will eventually score a goal. It is so important to get on the board early, and often, to make this a moot point.
This is going to be exciting and you have to think that the white clad fans at the CONSOL are going to be ready for this one.
Previous Series Games:
Game 1 - Pittsburgh 3, Tampa Bay 0
The Penguins probables:
James Neal - Mark Letestu - Alexei Kovalev
Chris Kunitz - Jordan Staal- Tyler Kennedy
Pascal Dupuis - Max Talbot - Chris Conner
Mike Rupp - Craig Adams - Aaron Asham
Kris Letang - Brooks Orpik
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen - Ben Lovejoy
Marc Andre Fleury
For the Lightning:
Simon Gagne - Steven Stamkos - Steve Downie
Nate Thompson - Vincent Lecavalier - Martin St Louis
Adam Hall - Dominic Moore - Dana Tyrell
Ryan Malone - Teddy Purcell - Sean Bergenheim
Victor Hedman - Pavel Kubina
Matt Lundin - Eric Brewer
Brett Clark - Mattias Ohlund
The Playoff Stats: