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 remote broadcasts)

discount path: After opening the season with a loss to Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, Lightning heads to Pittsburgh for the second half of a straight set of away games. Last night in Columbus, Tampa turned a 2-2 first-half tie into a 5-2 final win.

forward path of pensThe Penguins travel to Montreal for their first away game this Monday. They return home the following Thursday, when the Los Angeles Kings come to town.

Season series: The penguins are set to face Tampa Bay two more times in quick succession in 2023 (February 26 at home, March 2 on the road). Last season, Pittsburgh led 2-1-0 against the Lightning in three high-scoring competitions.

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Friday game lines

attackers

Brandon Hagel – Brayden Point – Nikita Kucherov

Nick Paul – Stephen Stamkus – Alex Killorn

Ross Colton – Vladislav Namestnikov – Corey Perry

Cole Kopke – Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – Pat Maron

Defense

Victor Hedman / Cal Foot

Mikhail Sergechev / Eric Cernak

Hayden Florey / Philip Myers

Goal: Andrei Vasilevskiy (Brian Elliott)

Scratches: Ian Cole (suspended), Trevor Carrick, Gabriel Fortier

IR: Zach Bogosian, Anthony Cirelli (shoulder surgeries)

Watch out for number 91

After a season-opening loss against the New York Rangers, the Tampa Bay Lightning went through a few adjustments.

Stephen Stamkos started Wednesday as a left winger in the Lightning top streak, and on Friday emerged as the team’s second streak center.

It didn’t seem to matter much to him either way. Stamkos scored a goal in power play on Wednesday, then pucked away two pucks into the net (one from a Blue Jacket, one from his own blade) on Friday.

And this product line goes back even further:

It’s safe to say that the Lightning leader is someone the Penguins should keep an eye on, whether he aligns with Sidney Crosby’s or Evgeni Malkin’s streak.

To Vasilevskiy, or not to Vasilevskiy?

Andrei Vasilevskiy has started Lightning’s first two games of the season, including the first half of a back-to-back game on Friday.

It’s early in the season, so Lightning might 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 can also comfort him, putting backup and ex-pilot Brian Elliot instead.

Penguins will hope for this outcome. Vasilevskiy looked every 6-foot-4 piece on Friday:

And now for the pens…

Thursday game lines

attackers

Jake Genzel, Sidney Crosby, Rickard Rakel

Jason Zucker – Evgeny Malkin – Brian Rust

Danton Heinen – Jeff Carter – Caspere Cabanen

Brooke McGinn, Ryan Boehling, Josh Archibald

defense

Brian Dumoulin / Chris Letang

Marcus Peterson / Jeff Petrie

Pierre Olivier Joseph / Jean Rota

Goal: Tristan Gary (Casey Dessmith)

Scratches: Teddy Plogger (daily injury), Chad Rohwedel

It’s time to find out who these penguins really are…

Fans couldn’t ask for more at the season opener. Not only did Sidney Crosby and Evgeny Malkin join the board, but always dehydrated scorers like Jason Zucker and Casperry Cabanen put pucks into the net, and a new addition Jeff Petrie earned his first point as a penguin.

But that 6-2 win was against the Arizona Coyotes, the group that ranked 31st in the NHL with 57 points – and scored 25-50-7 – in 2021-22.

The Penguins suffered a few sloppy moments and some strikingly disconnected passes on Thursday. Coyotes haven’t been able to convert those chances – but there could be a more dangerous team.

Lightning will put that to the test.

It’s not the Tampa Bay team that has won back-to-back championships, but the roster still includes the likes of Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, Victor Hedman and Andrei Vasilevsky.

Saturday will be the first important test of what the Penguins will look like this season – especially their relatively untested fourth streak, with Ryan Poehling in his position in place of the injured Teddy Blueger – against the competitive teams.

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