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Penguins vs. Lightning - 1/2/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning (24-11-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (23-9-5)

NHL Hockey: Friday, January 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)

The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -134 / Tampa Bay Lightning +121 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN, ROOT, TVA

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins play Friday night at the CONSOL Energy Center.

The Tampa Bay Lightning lead the Atlantic division with four straight victories. The Lightning are averaging 3.2 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have two power play goals in their last seven games and have won four straight games when scoring at least three goals. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 20 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 20 assists and Tyler Johnson has 99 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Evgeni Nabokov has allowed 23 goals on 214 shots faced and Ben Bishop has given up 62 goals on 725 shots. The Lightning have lost five of their last seven road games.

Penguins vs. Lightning - 1/2/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Penguins still lead their division despite losing four of their last five games. The Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored three goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have zero power play goals in their last four games and have split their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 16 goals, Sidney Crosby has 27 assists and Patric Hornqvist has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 63 goals on 875 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 18 goals on 223 shots.

The Lightning are 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The Penguins are 87-37 in their last 124 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Lightning are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh and 1-10 in the last 11 meetings overall.

You see the Lightning's record against the Penguins recently? Yeah. I'm not having any of that. Look for the Penguins to get back on track with a big home win here. 

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Pittsburgh Penguins -134

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