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Lightning at Penguins Game 2 - 5/16/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning (55-33-5) at Pittsburgh Penguins (56-29-9)

NHL Hockey: Monday, May 16, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)

The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -172 / Tampa Bay Lightning +145 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBCSN

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Monday night for game two of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Tampa Bay Lightning hope to steal another road game to take full control of this series with a 2-0 lead. 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 36 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 297 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up one goals on 34 shots. Vasilevskiy has given up five goals in his last three games.

Lightning at Penguins Game 2 - 5/16/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Penguins need a victory here in order to get back in the series and avoid getting into a deep hole. 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 six goals, Evgeni Malkin has six assists and Sidney Crosby has 28 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 22 goals on 311 shots. Murray has given up nine goals in his last three games.

The Lightning are 4-0 in their last 4 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 Conference Finals games. The Penguins are 21-6 in their last 27 home games and 0-5 in their last 5 Conference Finals games. The Lightning are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Pittsburgh and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings overall.

The Lightning have an injured goalie, and this is a must win game if Pittsburgh wants any real chance to win this series. You can't drop the first two games at home and expect to win. So, I'm going to side with the Penguins even if the price is a little crazy. 

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Pittsburgh Penguins -172

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