Lightning at Penguins Game 5 - 5/22/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (56-34-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (58-30-9)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -175 / Tampa Bay Lightning +145 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins play game five of the Eastern Conference Finals Sunday at the Consol Energy Center.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to take control of this series with a victory and a 3-2 lead. 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 40 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 11 goals on 161 shots. Vasilevskiy has given up 10 goals in his last three games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins will move one more game to the Stanley Cup Finals with a home victory. 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 eight goals, Nick Bonino has 11 assists and Sidney Crosby has 42 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 30 goals on 390 shots. Murray has given up eight goals in his last three games.
The Lightning are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games. The Penguins are 7-0 in their last 7 Sunday games and 2-6 in their last 8 Conference Finals games. The Lightning are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Pittsburgh and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings overall.
The Penguins usually play lights out hockey on their home ice and Vasilevskiy has shown he's no Ben Bishop. He's allowed 10 goals in his last three outings and nearly allowed the Penguins to steal both road games. Pittsburgh should have little trouble protecting home ice.