Saturday, October 12, 2013

Penguins Game 5 Preview - @ Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning

7:00 p.m., Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

The Last Penguins Game:
October 11, 2013 - Florida 6, Pittsburgh 3 [Recap]

The Penguins are coming off their first loss which happened last night in Florida to the Panthers. They are going to be playing against a team that is 3-1-0 on the season and have played some pretty decent hockey to start the season. The Lightning are coming off a game where they dominated the Panthers 7-2 a few days ago but they also have a win over Chicago in a shootout while falling 3-1 to Boston in their season opener.

The Lightning have a talented roster and it really starts and stops with Steven Stamkos. This is one of the best pure goal scorers in the league and at any given time he can find the back of the net multiple times. Stamkos has three goals and three assists on the season and scored all three of those goals in the blowout win over the Panthers on Thursday. He is most lethal on the power play as he sets up for the one-timer on the half wall so that Penguins should probably know where he is going to be during those times. Either that or don't take penalties, that would work too.

Tampa Bay is playing this year without former captain Vincent Lecavalier who signed with the Flyers in the offseason. They do have maybe one of the smallest players ever (no research done) in Martin St. Louis who always seems to be a focal point on the ice no matter how good/bad the team is and no matter how good/bad he has been on the season. He is just one of those players that you can always count in giving his all and if you sleep on him during your shift he can still beat you.

The Lightning also have Valtteri Filppula who I think has the best name in hockey.

The Penguins will come out with about the same look. Deryk Engelland will get his first ice time of the season with Robert Bortuzzo sitting down and Marc-Andre Fleury will be back in net after taking the night off last night. The Penguins will still look from production from their fourth line of Joe Vitale, Craig Adams, and Tanner Glass who have combined for four goals and four assists in the first four games. Pretty impressive.


Probables

Penguins (3-1-0)

Forwards
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Jussi Jokinen - Evgeni Malkin - Beau Bennett
Dustin Jeffrey - Brandon Sutter - Chuck Kobasew
Tanner Glass - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Defense
Brooks Orpik - Paul Martin
Rob Scuderi - Matt Niskanen
Olli Maatta - Deryk Engelland

Goaltender
Marc-Andre Fleury

Lightning (3-1-0) (via Daily Faceoff)

Forwards
Ryan Malone - Steven Stamkos - Martin St. Louis
Alex Killorn - Valtteri Filppula - Richard Panik
Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Teddy Purcell
Pierre-Cedric Labrie - Nate Thompson - B.J. Crombeen

Defense
Matt Carle - Radko Gudas
Sami Salo - Victor Hedman
Andrej Sustr - Eric Brewer

Goaltender
Anders Lindback


The Stats:

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