Penguins, Lightning hope for more control

From FOX Sports - October 21, 2017

TAMPA, Fla.The last time the Pittsburgh Penguins skated in to Amalie Arena to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning, a track meet broke out with nine combined goals scored.

Both teams hope to play a more controlled game this time around when the two teams meet Saturday night for the second time in 10 days.

Tampa Bay (6-1-1) entered Friday night fifth in the league, averaging 3.63 goals per game through the opening two weeks. The Penguins, which rallied to beat Florida 4-3 on Friday, were right behind at 3.57 goals per game.

With high-skilled players on both teams, expecting a low-scoring, defensive battle might be a bit much to expect, even if the mantra heading in to the game is to slow things down.

You have two highly talented teams, lots of skill and lots of speed, so thats a lot easier said than done, Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness said. Both teams are effective on the rush and usually when you are effective off the rush and you go down and create a chance, you usually dont get the retrieval and you are giving up a chance the other way. Thats how the teams are built.

The Lightning feature the leagues top two scorers in Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov (who missed practice on Friday for maintenance purposes) with 14 and 13 points, respectively. The Penguins, who scored three power-play goals in the victory against Florida, has the trio of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel.

Sometimes when the horses get loose, its a difficult task to rein them back in.


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