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Penguins and Lightning meet in Pittsburgh

January 02, 2015 18:45:06 UK

Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning meet for bragging rights in the Eastern Conference when the Division leaders in the Atlantic and Metropolitan respectively square off.

Winners of four in a row, the Lightning arrive in town following Wednesday’s 5-1 defeat of the Sabres at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo. Nikita Kucherov scored twice for the visitors who lead the Montreal Canadiens by two points entering the New Year.

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, was making news off the ice on Friday with a move for Edmonton Oilers’ winger David Perron. Rob Klinkhammer and a first round draft pick went the other way for the 26-year-old, who scored 28 goals for the Oilers last year after being acquired from the St. Louis Blues in July of 2013.

The Lightning areĀ 6.00 to win the Eastern Conference title, with the Penguins 4.90.

Tied with the Penguins on 51 points, the New York Islanders are in Calgary on Friday after knocking five past the Jets in Winnipeg earlier in the week.

The Islanders, who travel on the play the Oilers in Edmonton at the Rexall Place on Sunday, are tied with the Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Rangers for third in per game scoring at three goals apiece with only the Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs scoring at a better rate.

The winners of nine of their last ten, the Rangers have overcome a slow start to become relevant in the Metropolitan Division race as they and the Washington Capitals keep the pressure on the Penguins and the Islanders.

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