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Lightning-Penguins scouting report

WHO: Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m./St. Pete Times Forum TV/RADIO: Sun Sports/620 AM SCOUTING THE PENGUINS: Pittsburgh was expected to plummet with the loss of top stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to injury. Instead, the Penguins have not missed a beat posting a 13-1-5 record in one-goal games since Crosby went down in early January. G Marc-Andre Fleury earned team MVP honors as he's carried the load with a 33-12-5 record over his last 50 starts.
INJURIES: Penguins - C Evgeni Malkin (knee), C Sidney Crosby (concussion), D Eric Tangradi (concussion), RW Dustin Jeffrey (knee), out; RW Matt Cooke is suspended. Lightning - LW Ryan Malone (abdominal), probable; D Randy Jones (ankle), out. NEED TO KNOW: Tampa Bay is 1-2 against the Penguins this season. ... Pittsburgh has won four consecutive road games. ... Pittsburgh is 2-for-59 (3.4 percent) on the power play in the past 18 games. ... RW Mattias Ritola was assigned to Norfolk of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. ... The Lightning trail Pittsburgh by five points for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. ... The Penguins rank second in the league in penalty kill (86.2 percent). ... Pittsburgh's 72 major penalties are second most in the league behind only St. Louis while the 17.1 penalty minutes per game are 29th most in the league. ... LW Simon Gagne has six goals and 12 points in his past seven games. ... C Dominic Moore has five goals in the past seven games. ... Crosby, out since Jan. 4, has been cleared for non-contact practice on game days and will travel with the team.

Erik Erlendsson

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