Tampa Bay plays Pittsburgh, seeks 8th straight home win
Tampa, Florida; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Tampa Bay hosts Pittsburgh trying to extend its seven-game home winning streak.
The Lightning are 21-9-2 in Eastern Conference games. Tampa Bay leads the NHL shooting 11.4% and averaging 3.6 goals on 31.4 shots per game.
The Penguins are 7-3-3 against opponents from the Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh is seventh in the league recording 9.1 points per game, averaging 3.3 goals and 5.8 assists.
Tampa Bay took down Pittsburgh 3-2 in the last meeting between these teams on Oct. 23.
LAST 10 GAMES: Penguins: 8-2-0, averaging 3.3 goals, six assists, 3.8 penalties and 7.9 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game with a .912 save percentage.
Lightning: 7-2-1, averaging 3.1 goals, 5.2 assists, 3.3 penalties and 6.9 penalty minutes while giving up 1.9 goals per game with a .935 save percentage.
INJURIES: Lightning: Jan Rutta: day to day (lower body).
Penguins: None listed.