February 26, 2013; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) is congratulated by teammates after he scored a goal against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Tampa Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning At Pittsburgh Penguins

The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins head into their second of three meetings tonight in Pittsburgh. They last met on February 24th where the Penguins took the game 5-3. The next time they will play each other will be on April 11th in Tampa.

The league’s top two scores will face off tonight in what is sure to be an entertaining game. Sidney Crosby leads the league with 34 points and Steven Stamkos is not far behind with 32. The two have exchanged the title several times. Stamkos is on a 9 game point streak with 8 goals and 15 points. Martin St. Louis has 9 points in the past 10 games. Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz will be the one to watch tonight as he has scored 5 goals in the past 5 games. The Penguins lead the league in scoring with 76 goals, the Lightning are 2nd with 73. Pittsburgh is ranked 3rd in Power Plays with 26.4% and Tampa Bay is ranked 7th with 21.6%

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to snap a 4 game losing streak. They have dropped 5 of the last 6 games. The Penguins currently sit on top of the Atlantic Division. The half way point of the season has been reached, as has the 4 game road trip that wraps up tomorrow night in New Jersey.

Ryan Malone was drafted by the Penguins and played the first 4 seasons of his career with them. Adam Hall skated with Malone and the Penguins in the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Mathieu Garon was a secondary goal tender on the 2009 Stanley Cup Championship team.

Evgeni Malkin returns tonight from his injury, as does Sami Salo. Paul Martin is out with a lower body injury. An upper body injury will have Benoit Pouliot out for the week, and Ryan Malone continues his Injured Reserve position with a lower body injury.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie will be in the line up tonight, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Brendan Mikkelson will not. Ondrej Palat, who was re-called from Syracuse, will play on the 3rd line.

Dolly Dolce

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