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Penguins Vs. Lightning: Tampa Bay Hosts Pittsburgh Looking For First January Win

The Tampa Bay Lightning (17-22-4, 38 pts) host the Pittsburgh Penguins (22-17-4, 48 pts) Sunday afternoon, looking for their first win in the month of January.

The Tampa Bay Lightning (17-22-4, 38 pts) host the Pittsburgh Penguins (22-17-4, 48 pts) Sunday afternoon, looking for their first win in the month of January. The Lightning are 0-5-1 since the calendar flipped to 2012, having most recently dropped a 4-3 contest on the road Friday to the Washington Capitals.

The Penguins are coming off a 4-1 win Friday over the Florida Panthers, which stopped Pittsburgh's own six game slide. It was the franchise's longest losing streak since February of 2006.

The Lightning defeated the Penguins 4-1 on November 17, courtesy of two goals from Vincent Lecavalier. Since winning that night, Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson is 0-6-1 with a 4.39 GAA in eight starts.

Pittsburgh has lost their last four matchups with the Lightning, including the playoffs. Futility on the power play is a major reason why. Tampa Bay has held the Penguins to 0 for 24 on the power play in those last four games, and 1 for 47 in the last nine matchups between the two teams.

For more on the Lightning, visit Raw Charge and stay tuned to SB Nation Tampa Bay. For perspective on the Penguins, check out PensBurgh and SB Nation Pittsburgh. For all your hockey news and notes, be sure to visit SB Nation's NHL hub.

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