Lightning vs. Penguins - 2/5/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (25-17-7) at Tampa Bay Lightning (28-18-4)
NHL Hockey: Friday, February 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -135 / Pittsburgh Penguins +122 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, SUN, TVA
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Friday night at the Amalie Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power plays. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 23 goals, Sidney Crosby has 25 assists and Phil Kessel has 154 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 85 goals on 1,084 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 25 goals on 306 shots. Fleury has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
USA TODAY Sports
The Tampa Bay Lightning also look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power plays. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 21 goals, Steven Stamkos has 17 assists and Vladislav Namestnikov has 64 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed 74 goals on 1,007 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 31 goals on 359 shots. Bishop has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Penguins are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Lightning are 52-24 in their last 76 home games and 7-1 in their last 8 games following a win. The Penguins are 11-2 in the last 13 meetings.
The Lightning are one of the hotter teams in the league right now and are very tough to beat on their home ice. However, if one team has had Tampa Bay's number, it's been the Penguins with wins in 11 of the last 13 matchups. There's great value with the plus money here.