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The Penguins and Lightning are set to collide in Sport 4 of the Jap Convention Remaining when the puck drops reside from the Amalie Area in Tampa Bay on Friday.
Pittsburgh appears to be like to win its second consecutive highway sport to place a 3-1 stranglehold on the sequence and put itself in place to doubtlessly clinch when the set shifts again to Consol Vitality Heart for Sunday’s Sport 5.
Tampa Bay appears to be like to bounce again from its Sport 3 disappointment on dwelling ice and even up the sequence.
The Lightning took Sport 1 of this sequence, 3-1, whereas the Penguins bounced again with a 3-2 additional time Sport 2 win and adopted it up with a 4-2 triumph in Sport 3. Pittsburgh is now 4-2 on the highway within the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The “HBK” line of Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel continued to be a pressure in Sport 3 for the Penguins.
Hagelin and Kessel every had a objective and an help to begin the scoring within the contest, whereas Bonino had a helper. Hagelin now has 5 objectives for the postseason, whereas Kessel has a team-leading seven and Bonino is first on the membership with 10 assists. Kessel additionally leads the membership with 16 factors.
“I believe [Bonino’s] line…there’s quite a lot of threats on that line, his velocity,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan stated of the road, which has 9 factors within the sequence, through NHL.com. “Phil clearly has a fantastic shot. [Bonino] is an actual good playmaker, and [Hagelin] brings a lot to that — to the opposite two guys. They appear to enhance one another very properly.”
Sidney Crosby lit the lamp for his fifth tally of the postseason within the win for the Penguins, whereas Chris Kunitz discovered the twine for the second time this spring.
For the Lightning, Tyler Johnson, who leads the group with 9 assists, scored his fifth of the playoffs in Sport 3, whereas Ondrej Palat added a objective and an help. Nikita Kucherov had helpers on each objectives to carry his team-leading level whole to 14.
Kucherov additionally paces Tampa Bay with 9 objectives.
The Lightning will look to tie the sequence up, however stays with out two superstars in goalie Ben Bishop (lower-body) and captain Steven Stamkos (blood clot), who hasn’t performed but this postseason and will not return in any respect.
“Ben Bishop might be — I might think about him in that uncertain vary, however that is higher than being out,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper instructed NHL.com. “In order of now, [Stamkos is] nonetheless in a holding sample, however other than that, everybody else is offered.”
With Bishop, who left Sport 1 on a stretcher, sidelined, Andrei Vasilevskiy is anticipated to swimsuit up but once more. Vasilevskiy allowed 4 objectives on 48 pictures in Sport 3 and is 1-2 with a 2.45 goals-against common and a .935 save proportion within the sequence.
The Penguins will counter with a 21-year-old of their very own, rookie Matt Murray, who’s 9-3 with a 2.13 GAA and a .928 save proportion.
Sport Particulars & Stay Stream
Matchup: Penguins at Lightning Jap Convention Remaining Sport 4
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Venue: Amalie Area, Tampa Bay, Fla.
Radio: Pittsburgh (105.9 WXDX); Tampa Bay (WDAE 620)
Sequence: Penguins lead 2-1.
Predictions: Our predictions for this sequence will be considered right here.
Betting Odds: The most recent betting odds for this sport will be discovered right here.
Watch On-line: This sport will be reside streamed without cost right here.
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