Pittsburgh takes home win streak into matchup with Tampa Bay

Penguins take home win streak into matchup with Lightning

Penguins take home win streak into matchup with Lightning

The Lightning are on a hot streak of form at the moment, winning 7 in a row and going 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. The over is 5-2-1 in Oilers last 8 overall. The Pens sent forward Alex Galchenyuk, defensive prospect Calen Addison and a conditional first-round pick to the Wild. The under is 4-0-2 in Lightning last 6 overall. What's even more impressive about the Lightning's run is they are doing it despite injuries to key players.

Pittsburgh not only wants some payback, but it also wants to show it can play its preferred level and style against a fellow top club.

"Especially after a game like that - it was pretty intense, kind of a playoff-style game against a good team who's very opportunistic", Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said of the Thursday contest. "I feel like we didn't have a great start".

Penguins defenseman John Marino had facial surgery Monday and will likely miss the next three to six weeks.

Both teams are in the top five in the league.

The Lightning picked up their eighth straight win when Gourde took a cross-ice feed from Brayden Point and ripped the puck over Matt Murray's right arm.

Pittsburgh is 13-2-0 at home against the Lightning dating to November 12, 2010. Kucherov was credited with setting up Mikhail Sergachev's goal in the second period to not only help Tampa Bay tie the game up against Pittsburgh in the second period of Tuesday's game, but also record his 43rd assist of the 2019-2020 campaign. Seeding is incredibly important, which is why this game is so huge.

INJURIES: Lightning: Nikita Kucherov: day to day (lower-body), Jan Rutta: out (lower body), Anthony Cirelli: day to day (lower-body), Steven Stamkos: day to day (lower body), Ryan McDonagh: out (lower body).

"This isn't long-term, so he has the potential to play (Tuesday)", coach Jon Cooper said of Stamkos.

LAST 10 GAMES: Oilers: 6-3-1, averaging four goals, 6.1 assists, 4.1 penalties and 12.5 penalty minutes while giving up three goals per game with a.903 save percentage. Nikita Kucherov leads the team with 27. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 103 goals on 1,283 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 41 goals on 470 shots.

Tampa will be bringing a seven-game win streak and a nine-game point streak into Tuesday's game.

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