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Lightning-Penguins scouting report

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Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 07:14 PM

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TONIGHT'S GAME

WHO: Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins

WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m., Mellon Arena

TV/RADIO: Sun Sports/620 AM

INJURIES: Lightning - D Paul Ranger (personal leave), D David Hale (lower body), out; LW Ryan Malone (knee/upper body), D Matt Smaby (back spasms), D Matt Walker (lower back), questionable. Penguins - C Evgeni Malkin (foot), questionable; D Sergei Gonchar (illness), probable.

NEED TO KNOW: Tampa Bay is 5-4-1 in the second half of back-to-back games. ... The Penguins have killed off 42 of the past 45 power plays against. ... Pittsburgh C Sidney Crosby has won a league-high 911 face-offs, 105 more than Colorado's Paul Stastny, who is second. ... Tonight is the last game Tampa Bay will play at Mellon Arena as the Penguins are set to start next season across the street at Consol Energy Center. The Lightning are 11-16-5 all-time at Mellon. ... G Mike Smith is 2-3 with a 2.02 goals-against average in five career starts against Pittsburgh. ... Pittsburgh is 23-10-4 at home. ... The Penguins are third in the league with 2,016 hits.

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