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NHL : ATS Matchup
Monday 3/4/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



TAMPA BAY (9-11-0-1, 19 pts.) at PITTSBURGH (14-8-0-0, 28 pts.)
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Monday, 3/4/2013 7:35 PM
Board OpeningLatest
3TAMPA BAY+160Ov 6,-115+140Ov 6,-115
4PITTSBURGH-185Un 6,-105-160Un 6,-105
TAMPA BAY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games9-12-0-4.29-12-4.213-63.527.43.230.5
Team Stats (Road Games)3-7-0-3.73-7-3.76-42.826.53.531.8
Last 5 Games1-4-0-3.41-4-3.42-32.429.43.229.2
TAMPA BAY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)21732316331157612.7%881921.6%132
Team Stats (Road Games)102885141026510.6%39512.8%51
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)512525001478.2%22313.6%22
Stats Against (All Games) 671725241264110.5%741418.9%111
Stats Against (Road Games) 35814130131811.0%38821.1%58
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 166460114611.0%15426.7%28
TAMPA BAY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MATHIEU GARON (All Games)9825923691.1%02-6-4.82-6-0-43-5
MATHIEU GARON (Road Games)6516915591.7%02-3-0.62-3-0-12-3
MATHIEU GARON (Last 4 Games)431019190.1%00-3-3.40-3-0-30-3
ANDERS LINDBACK (All Games)141338133989.0%07-6+0.67-6-0+110-1
ANDERS LINDBACK (Road Games)6514812886.5%01-4-31-4-0-34-1
ANDERS LINDBACK (Last 4 Games)44917784.6%02-202-2-003-0
DUSTIN TOKARSKI (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
DUSTIN TOKARSKI (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0

PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games14-8-0+1.114-8+1.113-93.530.72.928.5
Team Stats (Home Games)5-4-0-2.55-4-2.56-33.430.43.025.1
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.13-2+0.13-
PITTSBURGH Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)22772523272667511.4%862326.7%127
Team Stats (Home Games)931711130127411.3%361027.8%54
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5205951115912.6%17423.5%33
Stats Against (All Games) 641132210262810.2%881719.3%112
Stats Against (Home Games) 2751570022611.9%29724.1%44
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 2031250115712.7%19526.3%37
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)151438635291.2%010-4+3.610-4-0+47-7
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Home Games)7716414689.0%05-2+15-2-0+15-2
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)43958690.5%02-1+0.62-1-0+11-2
BRAD THIESSEN (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
BRAD THIESSEN (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)9824021288.3%04-4-2.44-4-0-36-2
TOMAS VOKOUN (Home Games)32625385.5%00-2-3.50-2-0-41-1
TOMAS VOKOUN (Last 4 Games)441169783.6%01-3-41-3-0-53-1
Average power rating of opponents played: TAMPA BAY 3.07,  PITTSBURGH 2.91
TAMPA BAY - Schedule
2/5/2013at PHILADELPHIA1-2L0, +105L6 unU
2/7/2013at NEW JERSEY2-4L0, +110L5.5 unO
2/10/2013at NY RANGERS1-5L0, +130L5.5 unO
2/12/2013MONTREAL3-4L0, -135L5.5 evO
2/14/2013WASHINGTON3-4L0, -145L5.5 ovO
2/16/2013at FLORIDA6-5W0, -125W5.5 evO
2/19/2013TORONTO4-2W0, -160W6 ovP
2/21/2013BOSTON2-4L0, +105L5.5 ovO
2/23/2013at CAROLINA5-2W0, -110W6 evO
2/24/2013at PITTSBURGH3-5L0, +155L6 ovO
2/26/2013BUFFALO1-2L0, -145L6 ovU
2/28/2013at NY RANGERS1-4L0, +130L5.5 unU
3/2/2013at BOSTON2-3L0, +150L6 unU
3/4/2013at PITTSBURGH 
3/5/2013at NEW JERSEY 
3/12/2013at FLORIDA 
3/14/2013NY ISLANDERS 

2/5/2013at NY ISLANDERS4-2W0, -145W5.5 ovO
2/7/2013WASHINGTON5-2W0, -200W5.5 ovO
2/9/2013at NEW JERSEY1-3L0, -105L5.5 unU
2/10/2013NEW JERSEY1-3L0, -165L5.5 unU
2/13/2013OTTAWA4-2W0, -185W5.5 unO
2/15/2013at WINNIPEG3-1W0, -150W5.5 ovU
2/17/2013at BUFFALO4-3W0, -135W5.5 ovO
2/20/2013PHILADELPHIA5-6L0, -185L5.5 ovO
2/22/2013FLORIDA3-1W0, -250W5.5 ovU
2/24/2013TAMPA BAY5-3W0, -175W6 ovO
2/26/2013at FLORIDA4-6L0, -155L5.5 unO
2/28/2013at CAROLINA1-4L0, -140L5.5 ovU
3/2/2013at MONTREAL7-6W0, +100W5 ovO
3/4/2013TAMPA BAY 
3/7/2013at PHILADELPHIA 
3/9/2013at TORONTO 
3/10/2013NY ISLANDERS 
3/14/2013at TORONTO 

LAST SEASON: 38-36-8, 84 points. Missed the playoffs by finishing 10th in the Eastern Conference.

COACH: Guy Boucher, 3rd season, 84-61-19.

ADDED: G Anders Lindback, D Sami Salo, D Matt Carle, RW B,J. Crombeen, LW Benoit Pouliot.

LOST: G Dwayne Roloson, D Brett Clark, RW Ryan Shannon.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Steven Stamkos. Young rising star had NHL-best 60 goals, including a league-high 12 game-winners last season. The Lightning are counting on him to continue delivering in clutch situations.

OUTLOOK: A year removed from making the Eastern Conference finals in their first season under Boucher, the Lightning finished 10th in the conference - eight points short of the playoffs - last season. Stamkos & Co., feel a quick start will be one of the keys to getting back to the post-season.


LAST SEASON: 51-25-6, 108 points. Lost to Philadelphia 4-2 in first round.

COACH: Dan Bylsma, 5th season with Penguins, 165-81-25.

ADDED: C Brandon Sutter, G Tomas Vokoun, LW Tanner Glass.

LOST: C Jordan Staal, RW Steve Sullivan, G Brent Johnson, RW Arron Asham, D Zbynek Michalek.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Sidney Crosby. The 25-year-old superstar appears to be fully recovered from concussion-like symptoms that limited him to just 22 games last season. He should be back in his comfort zone with linemates Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz along for the ride. If healthy, he's the game's greatest playmaker.

OUTLOOK: With Crosby and reigning league MVP Evgeni Malkin in their primes, anything less than a Stanley Cup will be considered a disappointment.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(Updates with Malkin returning)

*Lightning-Penguins Preview* ============================


Tampa Bay (9-11-1) at Pittsburgh (14-8-0), 7:30 p.m. EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins managed to add to their win streak over the Tampa Bay Lightning last month despite playing their first game without Evgeni Malkin.

Things could be even tougher for the slumping Lightning in Monday night's rematch, with Malkin expected to make his return from a concussion.

The reigning league MVP has missed four games since colliding with the boards in a 3-1 win over Florida on Feb. 22. The Penguins beat Tampa Bay 5-3 two days later but lost the next two before Saturday's wild 7-6 overtime victory in Montreal.

Brandon Sutter ended that game 52 seconds into the extra session and was one of three Pittsburgh players with two goals. Matt Cooke and Chris Kunitz were the others while Kris Letang had a career-high four assists and Sidney Crosby totaled three points.

The presence of Malkin should make that offense even more potent. He went through a full-contact practice Sunday and passed an imPACT test Monday, clearing him to return to game action.

"He was the same Geno," defenseman Deryk Engelland said of Sunday's practice. "It's good to see him out there and doing battle drills with him. He's a huge part of our team and our success, and to have a guy like that back is always good."

Malkin hasn't suffered from any headaches since his collision and experienced only short-term memory loss on the day he was hurt.

"In highlights, it looks bad," Malkin said. "But it's not that bad."

Pittsburgh (14-8-0) is thrilled to have him back for Monday's matchup considering he has eight goals and three assists in his last three games against Tampa Bay (9-11-1).

The Penguins have outscored the Lightning 23-9 in their four straight wins in the series.

Even with Malkin playing, the Penguins hope for another standout performance from Crosby, who had two goals and an assist in last month's win over Tampa Bay. The center has 17 of his 34 points over the last nine games.

Crosby has three goals and three assists in his last three against the Lightning, who haven't gotten much production lately from the league's highest-scoring offense.

The Lightning, averaging 3.48 goals to Pittsburgh's 3.45, have been outscored 14-7 during a four-game skid and couldn't take advantage of a pair of early goals Saturday in Boston. Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn found the net in the first 8:38, but the Bruins rallied for a 3-2 victory.

"It's coming down to the same thing that's been going on for years and we're trying to break, that offense-first mentality," coach Guy Boucher said. "(We need to) keep hammering it, eventually the nail will go down deep enough. ... We have a lot of players that need to learn how to win."

The Lightning have given up 48 goals while going 3-10-1 since their stellar start.

Tampa Bay is 6 for 52 on the power play over the past 13 contests after converting 13 of its first 36 chances this season, but scored both goals Saturday on the man advantage.

"Our power play was better tonight," Stamkos said. "We generated some chances and we got two. Hopefully, we build on that."

Stamkos is riding a nine-game point streak, and his 32 points are two behind Crosby for the NHL lead. He had a goal and two assists in the loss to Pittsburgh after totaling two assists over the previous six matchups including postseason.

Last Updated: 4/26/2018 8:34:37 AM EST

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