Lightning at Penguins Game 7 - 5/26/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (57-35-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (59-30-10)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -193 / Tampa Bay Lightning +173 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins play game seven of the Eastern Conference Finals Thursday night at the Consol Energy Center.
The Tampa Bay Lightning can advance to their third Stanley Cup Final since the 2003-04 season with a victory here. 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 11 goals, Tyler Johnson has 10 assists and Victor Hedman has 44 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 18 goals on 228 shots. Vasilevskiy has given up 10 goals in his last three games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins can advance to their first Stanley Cup Final since the 2008-09 season. 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 nine goals, Nick Bonino has 12 assists and Sidney Crosby has 48 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. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed four goals on 32 shots faced and Matt Murray has given up 32 goals on 420 shots. Murray has given up eight goals in his last three games.
The Lightning are 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. The Penguins are 22-7 in their last 29 home games and 3-7 in their last 10 Conference Finals games. The Lightning are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in Pittsburgh.
It's been tough to get a feel for either of these teams, as both have given up big time chances to advance in this series. It all now comes down to this final game, and in a game seven, I usually side with the home team. The line should be closer to a toss-up considering neither team has looked great the past few days, but you have to like Pittsburgh to advance simply because it's the home team.