Lightning at Penguins Game 1 - 5/13/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Hockey: Friday, May 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Consol Energy Center)
The Line: Lightning +149 / Penguins -165 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins play game one of the Eastern Conference Finals Friday night at the Consol Energy Center.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are coming off a five-game series against the New York Islanders. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.8 percent of their power plays. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with nine goals, Tyler Johnson has nine assists and Victor Hedman has 33 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed 18 goals on 288 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up zero goals on eight shots. Bishop has given up five goals in his last three games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins are coming off a six-game series against the Washington Capitals. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power plays. Patric Hornqvist leads Pittsburgh with five goals, Evgeni Malkin has six assists and Sidney Crosby has 26 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their power play chances. Jeff Zatkoff has allowed six goals on 65 shots faced and Matt Murray has given up 19 goals on 291 shots. Murray has given up eight goals in his last three games.
The Lightning have had a ton of time off after ending their series extremely quick and painless. The Penguins may be just coming out of their series, but they did beat arguably the best team in the NHL. Pittsburgh should be able to use that wave of confidence and carry it over to this series, especially on their home ice.
I like the Penguins to draw blood first.