Tampa Bay Lightning (9-11-1) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (14-8-0)
ROOT, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2 - 7:30 pm/et
Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
Malkin's back. Boychuk's on waivers. Bennett was sent back to WBS, but possibly only temporarily.
Rabble rabble rabble.
Stamkos vs. Crosby. Expect to hear that frequently.
Season Series: 1-0-0
Last meeting that counted: February 24, 2013. Penguins won 5-3.
What we said in our recap:
Since Malkin and Crosby have been on the Pens' roster, it's usually fallen on Malkin to carry the load when Crosby has been sidelined. The script has been flipped for the time being, and it's Crosby's turn to carry the load without Malkin, who has been diagnosed with a concussion. With the pressure firmly on 87's back, he has to bring it to another level. It's nausating to credit Crosby for anything because he is just too good, but there is no better player in the NHL right now.