Penguins at Lightning Game 3 - 5/18/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (57-29-9) at Tampa Bay Lightning (55-33-6)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -115 / Pittsburgh Penguins -105 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning play game three of the Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday at the Amalie Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins can regain home ice advantage by stealing a road game here. 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, Sidney Crosby has eight assists and Phil Kessel has 49 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 24 goals on 332 shots. Murray has given up eight goals in his last three games.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning can take control of this series by winning and going up 2-1. 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 37 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 four goals on 75 shots. Vasilevskiy has given up four goals in his last three games.
The Penguins are 11-3 in their last 14 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 Conference Finals games. The Lightning are 66-31 in their last 97 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Penguins are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
The Penguins have been lifhgts out on the road which includes wins in 11 of their last 14 tries. Also, I'm not sure we can trust Tampa Bay if Bishop continues to miss time. We're talking about one of the best goalies in the game not in net. As long as Bishop is out, the Penguins should have the advantage.
Give me the road team.