Pittsburgh Penguins will battle against home team Tampa Bay Lighting on Friday 29th, schedule to kick off at 04:00pm ET in Tampa Bay.
Both the teams are meeting for the second time of three meetings in this season. Sidney Crosby has made hat trick and defenseman Matt Niskanen’s power-play goal with 18.6 seconds to left in regulation victory with a 5-4 on 12th October at Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh Penguins have an average 2.92 goals per game before entering on Friday among the top 10 in the NHL.
Malkin and Neal are leading Penguins, where Malkin has scored three goals and nine assists during a six-game point streak and Neal has six goals and five assists in a five-game point streak. Crosby scored four goals and four assists in last six games. Chris Kunitz has two goals and five assists in last five games. Meanwhile, Teddy Purcell has made two goals and two assists in two games for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Hedman with four goals and four assists in seven games.
Pittsburgh forwards Beau Bennett, Tanner Glass and defenseman Paul Martin are suffering from various injures and placed on injured reserve. Tomas Vokoun, defenseman Rob Scuderi and forward Chuck Kobasew are also placed on injury list for Penguins. Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas and forward Pierre-Cedric Labrie are going to miss Friday night game.