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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 1/30/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins
Date & Time Wednesday January 30, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
PPG Paints Arena
Pittsburgh, PA
The Line
Pittsburgh +104 / Tampa Bay -120 / over-under: 5.5
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The Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Pittsburgh Penguins for a Wednesday NHL tilt.

The Tampa Bay Lightning closed the first half of the season with a 6-3 rout of San Jose. Evander Kane paced San Jose with two goals with Marcus Sorensen adding a marker. Martin Jones absorbed the loss for the Sharks with six goals allowed on 26 shots to fall to 22-9-4.

Tampa Bay saw Steven Stamkos score twice with Mathieu Joseph, Alex Killorn, Yanni Gourde and Victor Hedman also lighting the lamp. Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov supplied a pair of helpers for the Lightning with Andrei Vasilevskiy stopping 36-39 shots.

The Pittsburgh Penguins began the second half of the season on a down note with a 6-3 loss to visiting New Jersey on Monday. Derick Brassard, Matt Cullen and Bryan Rust scored for the Penguins and Matt Murray gave up six goals on 32 shots to get the loss.

The balanced New Jersey offense saw Travis Zajac, Damon Severson, Brian Boyle, Blake Coleman, Kyle Palmieri and Pavel Zacha. Zajac also posted three helpers and Keith Kinkaid picked up the win for the Devils with three goals allowed on 40 shots.

Under is 7-1 in Lightning last 8 Wednesday games and Lightning are 10-2 in their last 12 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game and Lightning are 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Under is 4-0-2 in Penguins last 6 following a home loss of 3 or more goals and Penguins are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and Penguins are 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. Home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and Lightning are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh and over is 18-7-2 in the last 27 meetings in Pittsburgh. 

Offense is the name of the game when these teams meet and I’ll go with the over here…

over 5.5

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