Penguins take home win streak into matchup with Lightning

  • Penguins take home win streak into matchup with Lightning

Penguins take home win streak into matchup with Lightning

But in the third and final regular-season meeting between the teams, the Penguins will be hoping to reverse their recent fortunes against the Lightning as Tampa has won both meetings this season and six of the last eight head-to-head contests.

It took a six-game win streak for the Bruins to push back into the top spot before their disappointing loss to the Red Wings on Sunday and it's taken a Bolts team that's gone an astounding 20-2-1 since December 23 to close the gap on the Black and Gold. The Pens sent forward Alex Galchenyuk, defensive prospect Calen Addison and a conditional first-round pick to the Wild.

Zucker is likely to play Tuesday. The Oilers are 0-7 in the last 7 meetings in Tampa Bay and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. What's even more impressive about the Lightning's run is they are doing it despite injuries to key players. "It's good to having them back quick".

Despite missing 28 games this season, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has 30 points in 26 games. "I feel like we didn't have a great start".

Pittsburgh will be without precocious rookie defenseman John Marino, who had surgery Monday to fix broken bones after he took a puck to the left side of his face in the Thursday game. Edmonton leads the league with 50 power-play goals, led by James Neal with 12.

"These are still important games", he said.

The Lightning not only will be playing on back-to-back nights, but they also could be coming off some extra emotion Monday in their first game against the Blue Jackets since Columbus pulled off an upset by jettisoning Tampa Bay in the first round of the playoffs last spring. Tampa Bay went on to beat Pittsburgh 2-1 in overtime.

INJURIES: Lightning: Nikita Kucherov: day to day (lower-body), Jan Rutta: out (lower body), Anthony Cirelli: day to day (lower-body), Steven Stamkos: day to day (lower body), Ryan McDonagh: out (lower body). Nikita Kucherov leads the team with 27. That assist extended his points streak to 12 games, and he now has 70 on the season.

Kucherov, the league's reigning Hart Trophy victor - which goes to the most valuable player in the NHL - left Tuesday night's game with 70 points (27 goals, 43 assists) so far this season. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 103 goals on 1,283 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 41 goals on 470 shots.