31 March 2011
Record: Lightning (41-24-11) Penguins (45-24-8)
Previous games: 1-8 loss on January 5th, 1-5 loss on November 12, 5-3 win on October 27thGame time: 7:30pm EST on SUN (HD) and on the radio at 620 AM
It's been a while since we've played the Pens. A long freaking while. Which means the Pens have been without Crosby for a long freaking while, but they've persevered. So word on this trip is that Crosby has made the trip with the team. He won't play or anything since he hasn't been cleared for full practice yet, but it's a good sign for him to go on the trip with the team.
So the Lightning head into tonight's game with a two game win streak. The Pens are coming off of a 5-2 loss against the Flyers. And the Pensblog has been recently taken some time to analyze Mike Richards' tweets. Let's just all admit that M Richards' tweets are at least more interesting than the ones the Lightning players have been retweeting. Like I said on my twitter, if getting retweeted by a hockey player makes your life, you might need to actually get a life.
Now the Lightning are just two points away of clinching their first playoff spot in four years. So tonight's game is big for the team. Can they build on the two recent wins and clinch a spot tonight? The last two times we played the Pens we were spanked pretty bad. The team can end off their season series even tonight with a win. This would be key for the Lightning if we end up facing them in the playoffs because nothing would be worse then going into game 1 of your first playoffs in years knowing you've been outscored in the last two meetings 13-2.
The Lightning get some great news tonight with Ryan Malone playing tonight . He's supposed to be playing limited minutes with Bergenheim and Purcell, but it's a start right?
- Lightning injuries:
Ryan Malone, Randy Jones
- Penguin injuries: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Nick Johnson, Eric Tangradi, Dustin Jeffrey
- Dwayne Roloson gets the start in net
Your pre-game reading links:
- Official Lightning preview
- Raw Charge game preview
- My weekly post over at Raw Charge
- Nolan runs this week's Question of the Week on the evaluation of the coaching staff this year