Game Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Pittsburgh Penguins 10/15/2022 – Lines, how to watch
Who: Tampa Bay Lightning (1-1-0) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1-0-0)
When: 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time
How to watch: AT&T Sportsnet in Pittsburgh, NHL Network elsewhere (Bally Sports Sun for outdoor broadcast)
Opponent’s track: After opening the season with a loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, the Lightning head to Pittsburgh for the second half of a straight away streak. Last night in Columbus, Tampa turned a 2-2 first-period tie into a definitive 5-2 win.
The path of pens in front of you: The Penguins travel to Montreal for their first away game of the season on Monday. They go home the following Thursday, when the Los Angeles Kings come to town.
Season Series: The Penguins are set to face off twice more with Tampa Bay in quick succession in 2023 (February 26 at home and March 2 on the road). Last season, Pittsburgh went 2-1-0 against the Lightning in three high-scoring games.
Getting to know the Lightning
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Friday Play Lines
Brandon Hagel – Brayden Point – Nikita Kucherov
Nick Paul – Steven Stamkos – Alex Killorn
Ross Colton – Vladislav Namestnikov – Corey Perry
Cole Koepke – Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – Pat Maroon
Victor Hedman/Cal Foote
Mikhail Sergachev / Erik Cernak
Haydn Fleury / Philippe Myers
Guardians: Andrei Vasilevskiy (Brian Elliott)
Grooves : Ian Cole (suspension), Trevor Carrick, Gabriel Fortier
IR: Zach Bogosian, Anthony Cirelli (shoulder surgeries)
Watch out for #91
After an early season loss to the New York Rangers, the Tampa Bay Lightning underwent some reshuffles.
Steven Stamkos started Wednesday as a left winger on the Lightning’s first line and showed up Friday as a center on the team’s second line.
It didn’t seem to matter much to him anyway. Stamkos scored a power-play goal on Wednesday, then deflected two more pucks into the net (one off a Blue Jacket, one off his own blade) Friday.
And this production sequence goes back even further:
Going back to the end of last season, Steven Stamkos has now recorded points in 11 straight regular season games. He has 29 points over that 11-game span with 13 goals and 16 assists. Overall, he has 43 points (18G, 25A) in his last 22 regular season games.
— Chris Krenn (@Chris_Krenn) October 15, 2022
It’s safe to say that the Lightning captain is someone the Penguins need to watch, whether he’s teaming up with Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.
To Vasilevski or not to Vasilevski?
Andrei Vasilevskiy started the Lightning’s first two games of the season, including the first half of the straight set on Friday.
It’s the start of the season, so the Lightning could push Vasilevskiy to play three games in four days. After all, he had one of the heaviest workloads in the NHL last season.
But they could also rest him and put replacement and former Flyer Brian Elliot in his place.
The Penguins hope for this result. Vasilevskiy watched every 6ft 4in piece on Friday:
And now for the pens…
Thursday Play Lines
Jake Guentzel – Sidney Crosby – Rickard Rakell
Jason Zucker – Evgeni Malkin – Bryan Rust
Danton Heinen-Jeff Carter-Kasperi Kapanen
Brock McGinn – Ryan Poehling – Josh Archibald
Brian Dumoulin / Kris Letang
Marcus Pettersson/Jeff Petry
Pierre-Olivier Joseph / Jan Rutta
Guardians: Tristan JarryCasey DeSmith
Grooves : Teddy Blueger (daily injury), Chad Ruhwedel
It’s time to see who these penguins really are…
Fans couldn’t have asked for more in a season opener. Not only did Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin both get on the board, but drought-ridden scorers like Jason Zucker and Kasperi Kapanen put pucks in the net, and new addition Jeff Petry earned his first point as a than Penguin.
But that 6-2 victory was against the Arizona Coyotes, a group ranked 31st in the NHL with 57 points and a 25-50-7 record in 2021-22.
The Penguins suffered a few sloppy moments and some eye-catching disconnected passes on Thursday. The Coyotes were unable to convert those opportunities, but a more dangerous team could have.
The Lightning will put that to the test.
It’s not the same Tampa Bay team that has won back-to-back championships, but the list still includes Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, Victor Hedman and Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Saturday will be the first meaningful test of what this season’s Penguins roster — particularly its relatively untested fourth line, with Ryan Poehling at its center in place of an injured Teddy Blueger — will look like as competitive teams. .
Now that he’s had a bit more time to digest last night’s opener, here’s what Mike Sullivan stood out for:
“There are areas where we know we can improve. But for the first game, just the enthusiasm, the level of competition, the level of energy – I thought that was great.”
— Pens inside the scoop (@PensInsideScoop) October 14, 2022