Penguins at Lightning Game 6 - 5/24/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (58-30-10) at Tampa Bay Lightning (57-34-6)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning +118 / Pittsburgh Penguins -130 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Tuesday night for game six at the Amalie Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins need a victory here in order to force a game seven on Thursday night. 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 44 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.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning can advance to their third Stanley Cup Final since the 2003-04 season. 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 42 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 14 goals on 195 shots. Vasilevskiy has given up 10 goals in his last three games.
The Penguins are 12-4 in their last 16 road games and 2-7 in their last 9 Conference Finals games. The Lightning are 67-32 in their last 99 home games and 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Penguins are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings overall.
Not sure how the Lightning are leading this series without Bishop on the ice, but it is what it is. We're getting the hotter team at home with a chance to close this series out for plus money. Have to like the value with Tampa Bay.