Lightning vs. Penguins - 1/15/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (20-16-6) at Tampa Bay Lightning (22-17-4)
NHL Hockey: Friday, January 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -131 / Pittsburgh Penguins +119 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, SUN, TVA
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Friday night at the Amalie Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring 18.7 percent of their power plays. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 19 goals, Sidney Crosby has 21 assists and Phil Kessel has 133 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.8 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 68 goals on 925 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 21 goals on 282 shots. Fleury has allowed six goals in his last three games.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning look to keep rolling after winning five of their last eight games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power plays. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 20 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 18 assists and Brian Boyle has 55 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed 67 goals on 907 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 23 goals on 259 shots. Bishop has allowed four goals in his last three games.
The Penguins are 0-4 in their last 4 Friday games and 4-9 in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference. The Lightning are 6-13 in their last 19 games following a win and 8-2 in their last 10 vs. a team with a losing record. The Penguins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay and 11-1 in the last 12 meetings overall.
The Penguins have owned the Lightning over the years, wich includes beating them in 11 of the last 12 meetings. It's hard not to take Pittsburgh on the road for the plus money given the history between these two teams.