Following their epic first round playoff flop last year the Tampa Bay Lighting still remain a favorite with the NHL Betting Lines. Tampa Bay has too much talent to ignore but the fact remains that their President’s Trophy championship got them nowhere in the end last spring. Their less than inspiring start to the new season may be reflective of that. By contrast the Pittsburgh Penguins are off to an impressive start and have shown good balance in the early going.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 8 p.m. ET
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Wagering Odds Analysis
The action should be relatively even with the NHL betting lines for this one. Pittsburgh is a long-time marquee brand and traditional power and Tampa Bay has been one of the best and most profitable franchises in the last five years.
Pittsburgh has won six of their first nine games to start the season. The Penguins rank seventh in the NHL for goal scoring and ninth for goals against. Special teams have lagged with rankings of 20th for the power play and 14th for the penalty kill.
Tampa Bay is 4-3-1 for a relatively sluggish start after blowing away the league in the regular season last year. The Lighting rank eighth for goal scoring but 20th for goals against and 29th for penalty killing. On the power play the Bolts rank 11th in the NHL.
Key Penguins: C Sidney Crosby (4 G, 8 A, 12 PTS, +3, 1 PPG, 2 PPA, 16.0 PCT), D Kris Letang (4 G, 6 A, 10 PTS, +3, 1 PPG, 2 PPA, 11.8 PCT), C Jake Guentzel (5 G, 3 A, 8 PTS, +1, 2 PPG, 0 PPA, 17.9 PCT), RW Patric Hornqvist (4 G, 3 A, 7 PTS, +4, 1 PPG, 1 PPA, 16.7 PCT)
Key Lightning: C Steven Stamkos (4 G, 5 A, 9 PTS, +1, 2 PPG, 0 PPA, 16.0 PCT), RW Nikita Kucherov (3 G, 5 A, 8 PTS, +-0, 1 PPG, 1 PPA, 16.7 PCT), D Victor Hedman (1 G, 6 A, 7 PTS, -2, 0 PPG, 2 PPA, 12.5 PCT), D Kevin Shattenkirk (4 G, 3 A, 7 PTS, +-0, 0 PPG, 2 PPA, 19.0 PCT)
Pittsburgh Goaltenders: Matt Murray (5 W, 2 L, 2.56 GAA, .914 SAVE%)
Tampa Bay Goaltenders: Andrei Vasilevskiy (4 W, 2 L, 3.15 GAA, .899 SAVE%)
Pittsburgh And Tampa Bay Betting Trends
The Penguins are:
10-7 in their last 17 away games
4-8 under the total away from home
3-7 in their last 10 games at Amalie Arena
12-1 over the total against the Lighting at Tampa Bay
5-15 in their last 20 away games vs. the Atlantic Division
2-7 under the total at the Atlantic Division
The Lightning are:
13-4 in their last 17 games at Amalie Arena
5-2 over the total on home ice
7-3 with the odds in their last 10 home games vs. Pittsburgh
13-1 over the total at Amalie Arena against the Penguins
11-3 on the board at home against Metropolitan Division teams
8-3-1 over the total when hosting Metropolitan Division opponents
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Free Picks
Despite their lackluster start with the NHL odds the Lightning remain strong overall at Amalie Arena and there against the Penguins. Tampa Bay boasts one of the best lineups in the NHL and certainly has enough to get the cash in this one.
Penguins vs. Lightning NHL Odds Best Bet: Tampa Bay Lighting
Penguins vs. Lightning NHL Odds Score Prediction: Lightning 4, Penguins 2
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