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Preview: Penguins at Lightning

Malkin (lower body), who leads the team with 49 points, also is expected to miss Saturday’s contest at Florida after recording four goals in his last four games. The Penguins have gone 6-1-2 in their last nine to move within striking distance of second place in the Metropolitan Division, while Tampa Bay has won 10 of its last 12 contests overall and seven in a row at home to take over second in the Atlantic. Nikita Kucherov leads the Lightning with 43 points, notching at least one in 17 of his last 19 games after recording a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win over Detroit on Wednesday. Vladislav Namestnikov registered a hat trick as Tampa Bay beat Pittsburgh 5-4 in overtime on Jan. 15 ? the fifth straight time in the series that the home team has emerged victorious.<BR><BR><STRONG>TV:</STRONG> 7:30 p.m. ET, NHL Network, TVA, ROOT (Pittsburgh), Sun Sports (Tampa Bay)

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