Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 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 +130 / Pittsburgh Penguins -150 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to play their way back into the Eastern Conference final with a home ice win in game four on Friday night.
The Pittsburgh Penguins played one of their best games of the playoffs on Wednesday night in what was a 4-2 final over the Lightning in Tampa Bay as the line of Phil Kessel, Patric Hornqvist, and Nick Bonino were excellent and could be the catalyst for the Pens to get back in the Stanley Cup final. The Penguins have the most potent offense left out of the final playoff finalists and if they can escape this show down with the Lightning they will get either the Blues or Sharks, both of which has strong defensive units and will be a challenge for the Penguins roster to manage, but certainly not out of the question. The Penguins will continue to ride the play of Matt Murray in the crease as he will face off Andrei Vasilevskiy who has been brilliant since replacing Ben Bishop.
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The Lightning meanwhile have dropped back to back games since opening the series with a big road victory and now face a virtual must win as they run the risk of going down 3-1 with the series shifting back to Pittsburgh for game five. The Bolts are still very much alive in this series and have actually been playing pretty well considering they are without Steven Stamkos and Ben Bishop and if they can manage to pull off the series win against the Pens they could very well get Stamkos back in the Cup final against the Blues or Sharks. This is going to be a tough, hard fought game and in the end I think we see a lower scoring outing as Vasi and Murray have both been solid.