Tonight in the NHL: Lightning take on Penguins

Tonight in the NHL: Lightning take on Penguins
February 24, 2013, 12:45 pm

The Flyers are off today after defeating the Jets, 5-3, on Saturday.

Brayden Schenn was a key to their victory recording two goals and an assist, yet the story of the day was Scott Hartnell, who returned earlier than expected from his foot injury (see story).

So with the Flyers idle until Monday against Toronto, here are a few other NHL games to watch for.

Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

This matchup will be a battle between the top two leading point scorers in the NHL. Tampa's Steven Stamkos has a league-best 26 points and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby is right behind him with 25 points.

The last time Crosby played the Lightning was two years ago when he was checked into the boards by Victor Hedman and suffered a concussion that kept him out of numerous games.

Crosby and the Pens are looking to put back-to-back wins together after losing to the Flyers on Wednesday, but they will be doing so without star Evgeni Malkin who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Colorado at Anaheim, 8 p.m.

The last time these two teams met, Anaheim defeated Colorado 3-0 on Feb. 6.

Unknown goalie Viktor Fasth recorded his first career shutout by saving 31 shots on goal. That win was his fourth of the season and since then, Fasth has gone 5-0-0 and recently signed a two-year extension with the Ducks.

Anaheim is trying to extend their win streak to six, but they will be facing a different Avalanche team than the one they saw earlier this season. Colorado’s captain Gabriel Landeskog missed the first matchup due to a concussion, but will suit up today. Landeskog has recorded a goal and an assist in five games played this season.

Columbus at Chicago, 7 p.m.

The struggling Blue Jackets will visit Chicago to take on the scorching Blackhawks. Chicago broke Anaheim's 2006-07 record by registering at least one point in its first 17 games.

On the other hand, Columbus has lost four of its last five on their six-game road trip and the odds do not seem to be in their favor.

In their last eight meetings against the Blackhawks, the Blue Jackets have been outscored 37-15. Goalie Steve Mason has lost his last five contests against Chicago with a lowly 4.82 goals against average.

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