Fresh off a meaningful and well- played win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night in Raleigh, the Lightning met this morning in a hotel ballroom in Pittsburgh focused on nothing but the Pittsburgh Penguins and finding a way to beat a very talented, well-rested club in its own building.
Lightning coach Guy Boucher praised his team for playing perhaps its best game of the season against the Hurricanes last night, but he is clearly focused on the task ahead tonight in a game that will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network. Boucher indicated that Anders Lindback will most likely start in goal for the Bolts and he said the team would welcome big defenseman Keith Aulie back into the lineup. He had been out with the flu.
The Bolts face a daunting task this evening, playing one of the NHL’s best home (delete home) teams, a team that has been resting and waiting for Tampa Bay to come to town. The Pens will be without reigning league MVP, Evgeni Malkin, who has concussion-like symptoms after a hard, awkward fall in the team’s win over Florida on Friday.
Look for Boucher to rely on all four offensive lines this evening as he team’s confidence continues to grow with Cory Conacher, Richard Panik and Alex Killorn, all of whom had big contributions in last night’s win over Carolina. And if you have not seen Panik’s highlight special for his first NHL goal last night, be sure to check it out. You won’t forget it.