The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to successfully follow up their impressive Game 2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight as the series shifts to Florida.
Pittsburgh controlled the flow of Game 2 and if not for the brilliance of Andrei Vasilevskiy they probably would not have needed overtime in order to advance.
As far as lineups go the Penguins will not be making any personnel changes at this time. Justin Schultz left the ice before Olli Maatta and Matt Murray was the first goaltender off the ice. However, it remains to be seen if Mike Sullivan will continue to mix up his line combinations like he did at the end of Game 2.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will see the return of Ryan Callahan after missing Game 2 with the flu. It is worth noting that Callahan’s replacement, Jonathan Marchessault, was the one who threaded that beautiful pass to Anton Stralman for the first Tampa goal. Over the course of the regular season Jonathan Marchessault had more of a positive impact on tangible offense as he had a 5v5 points per 60 of 1.61 compared to Callahan’s 1.36. Tampa could go with 12 forwards and six defensemen and have both in the lineup if they wanted.
Ben Bishop and Steven Stamkos have been ruled out for Game 3. Jon Cooper left the door open for a Bishop return in the Eastern Conference Finals while that determination has not been made for Stamkos yet.