Penguins vs. Lightning - 2/20/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (31-22-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (29-19-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 12:30 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins / Tampa Bay Lightning --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, ROOT
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Saturday at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power plays. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 24 goals, Steven Stamkos has 20 assists and Alex Killorn has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed 90 goals on 1,146 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 40 goals on 428 shots. Bishop has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.3 percent of their power plays. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 25 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 26 assists and Phil Kessel has 182 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 84.3 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 98 goals on 1,253 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 28 goals on 364 shots. Fleury has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Lightning are 8-3 in their last 11 games following a win and 12-5 in their last 17 overall. The Penguins are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-1 in their last 8 home games. The Lightning are 0-7 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh and 3-11 in the last 14 meetings overall.
The Penguins are back on one of their little runs and Tampa Bay hasn't been able to win a game in Pittsburgh in forever. The Lightning have struggled with the Penguins over the years regardless of where they play. Give me the home team.