Penguins at Lightning Game 4 - 5/20/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (58-29-9) at Tampa Bay Lightning (55-34-6)
NHL Hockey: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning +185 / Pittsburgh Penguins +124 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning play game four of the Eastern Conference Finals Friday night at the Amalie Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to take full control of this series by winning and going up 3-1. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power plays. Phil Kessel leads Pittsburgh with seven goals, Nick Bonino has 10 assists and Sidney Crosby has 40 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 26 goals on 360 shots. Murray has given up seven goals in his last three games.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning need a victory here in order to have a real shot of winning this series. 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 38 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 eight goals on 123 shots. Vasilevskiy has given up eight goals in his last three games.
The Penguins are 12-3 in their last 15 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 Conference Finals games. The Lightning are 66-32 in their last 98 home games and 24-9 in their last 33 Friday games. The Penguins are 13-5 in the last 18 meetings.
I'm going to continue fading the Lightning as long as Ben Bishop is sidelined, as it's not easy to replace one of the top goalies in the league. Also, Vasilevskiy hasn't exactly been great after allowing eight goals on 123 shots faced these playoffs. Give me the Penguins as long as Bishop is out.