Pittsburgh Penguins (3-0-0) at Tampa Bay Lightning (3-1-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 12, 2013, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning +119 / Pittsburgh Penguins -131 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Penguins suffered their first loss of the season against the Panthers on Friday night but they get a shot at redemption against the Bolts on Saturday.
The Penguins went into Florida last night to take on the hapless Panthers as ridiculously high road favourites and as we expected they completely laid an egg and dropped their first contest of the year against a much inferior opponent. Whether it was the look ahead to tonight’s game against the Lightning or the fact they started their rookie net minder the Pens just didn’t seem to have it last night and they’ll be gunning for a much better effort here tonight. Marc-Andre Fleury gets the nod tonight and he has been sensational this season and he will have to be once again if the Pens want to keep the Bolts offense in check. Pittsburgh is star studded in all aspects of the game and going up against some of the other bright stars from Tampa this should make for one of the more exciting games of the evening.
Tampa Bay has won three of their first four contests this season and has been riding the strong play of Ben Bishop between the pipes as he continues to work towards asserting himself as a legitimate number one goaltender in the NHL. However, Anders Lindback, who was the prize acquisition for the Bolts last year after many teams coveted his services, gets the call tonight as he looks to lay his claim as the team’s starter after losing out to Bishop in the preseason. There is no question that there is a ton of offensive potential in this game as both teams are loaded up front and while there are some angles favouring the Lightning here I think the Pens respond form last night’s sloppy effort and get back on track with a win. Ben Bishop to me is the better goalie and after tonight’s game I think Lightning management make that decision clear as Lindback struggles.