Since the Rays are off tonight, I figure this is a perfect chance to support our other Tampa Bay teams. Feel free to use this as an open thread for the evening: talk about the Bolts/Penguins, minor league baseball, other major league games - whatever you'd like.
Raw Charge has some excellent articles up right now, previewing tonight's game and the series. They'll have an open thread over there too - and they'll probably have more users that are really into hockey - so head over there for some fun game chatter.
And if you are watching the Bolts game tonight, I'd recommend you check out the coverage at SBN Tampa Bay, as there's a pretty in depth game preview up at the moment and we'll be updating it throughout the game. For a taste:
While the Penguins are low on scorers, the Lightning have all of theirs ready to go after breaking out of a prolonged slump that spanned most of March and may have cost them a division title. Steven Stamkos (45 goals) and Martin St. Louis (a career-high 99 points) are the offensive leaders, while captain Vincent Lecavalier made a late push to finish with 25 goals and 54 points in 65 games. Simon Gagne, Ryan Malone, and sparkplug Steve Downie also fought injuries during the regular season, but they're all healthy heading into the postseason. The Lightning were also strong on special teams, ranking fifth in the NHL with a 20.5% success rate on the power play, and eighth in the league with an 83.8% penalty kill rate. Stamkos finished with 17 power-play goals on the season, second only to Vancouver's Daniel Sedin. If they can continue scoring goals in this series, it will be hard for the depleted Penguins to keep up.