The top two teams from last year in the Eastern Conference will lock horns again tonight when the Penguins finish up their two game Florida swing with a game in Tampa. However, they're coming in on very different levels.
The Pens have hit their stride lately, winning all 4 games they've played in the month of December and also putting up some incredible goal scoring numbers (6, 5, 8 and 5 goals in the last four). In the last 4 games they have eight players with a point/per (Crosby, Schultz, Kessel, Malkin, Sheary, Cole, Rust and Hornqvist). Pittsburgh hasn't been great defensively and willing to play wide-open and often trade scoring chances, but it's paying off since the skills guys are hitting the back of the net so often recently.
Tampa, however is struggling, going 3-6-1 in their last ten games and losers in six of the past seven. Goal scoring has been a major problem, as 5 times in the last 6 games they've been held to 2 goals for or less. Their coach isn't pleased, check out this quote he gave to NHLcom
"I don’t even remember losing games by four goals, ever," Jon Cooper said. "Maybe one a year. We’re losing them once a week now."