-If you didn't see it, the Penguins and Flyers are working out details on playing an outdoor game (or two) in the near future. Really, it's surprising it hasn't happened already. Given how each television market is strong for the NHL and the white-hot rivalry between the two, it's a natural fit for the television event which outdoor games have become.
-Center Oskar Sundqvist is expected to make his NHL debut tonight. He will become the fourth member of the Penguins' 2012 draft class to reach the NHL. He will join defenseman Olli Maatta, Derrick Pouliot and goaltender Matt Murray. For a team which has had trouble drafting and developing talent the past decade, this is quite a reversal of fortune.
-The bottom two lines will look like the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Kevin Porter will center left wingers Conor Sheary and Scott Wilson while Sundqvist will center right winger Tom Kuhnhackl and Bryan Rust based on warmups.
The last time the Penguins played the Lightning, Tampa Bay center Vladislav Namestnikov went off for a hat trick, including an overtime goal, in a 5-4 home win.
It marked the seventh time a player completed a hat trick with an overtime goal against the Penguins:
|Jan. 18, 1984||Jets 5, Penguins 4||Paul MacLean, LW||Michiel Dion|
|Dec. 23, 1990||Islanders 4, Penguins 3||Pat Flatley||Frank Pietrangelo|
|March 5, 1994||Penguins 5, Capitals 4||Randy Burridge||Tom Barrasso|
|Feb. 8, 1997||Red Wings 6, Penguins 5||Brendan Shanahan, LW||Patrick Lalime|
|Jan. 3, 1998||Avalanche 5, Penguins 4||Valeri Kamensky, LW||Petr Skudra|
|Dec. 9, 2003||Canucks 4, Penguins 3||Markus Naslund||Marc-Andre Fleury|
|Jan. 15, 2016||Lightning 5, Penguins 4||Vladislav Namestnikov, C||Marc-Andre Fleury|
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