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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 10/12/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (2-1-0)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)

The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -119 / Pittsburgh Penguins -114 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT, SUN

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Thursday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look for another victory to build on their 2-1-1 start to the season. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Olli Maatta leads Pittsburgh with two goals, Sidney Crosby has five assists and Phil Kessel has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing five goals per game and are killing 93.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 13 goals on 113 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed four goals on 13 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed a combined two goals in their last two games.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 10/12/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Lightning look to remain undefeated at home while building on their solid 2-1-0 start. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 4.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with three goals, Steven Stamkos has four assists and Nikita Kucherov has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 11 goals on 110 shots faced. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 11 games.

The Penguins are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 72-34 in their last 106 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games. The Lightning are 35-16 in their last 51 games playing on 2 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games and 4-0 in their last 4 home games. The Penguins are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 21-4-1 in the last 26 meetings.

We're still early enough in the season to the point where I don't trust teams on the end of back to backs, as guys are still getting their legs under them and getting in the swing of the grind that is the NHL season. The Penguins are off a tight physical game against Washington, while Tampa Bay has had a couple of days off and has been lights out offensively. At home, I have to side with the Lightning in this spot.

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