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Penguins at Lightning 10/12/17 - NHL Picks & Predictions

Posted on 11 October 2017 by Jim
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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

NHL: 7:30 PM EST

Oct. 12, 2017

Latest Odds : TB -120 O/U 5.5

The Pittsburgh Penguins are on the road this week as they take on the hometown Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay will be hosting this game at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, FL. Pittsburgh will be hitting the ice on the second night of a back to back set. Tampa Bay will have had a rest day after beating the Washington Capitals this past Monday.

When Pittsburgh takes the ice it will be fresh off of a visit to the White House to celebrate their Stanley Cup championship from last season. Despite that celebration, Pittsburgh is still struggling in the early portion of this season. Pittsburgh is dead last in the league in goals against and their patented offense has struggled with the power play. Pittsburgh is 10th in the NHL in scoring with Sidney Crosby (1 goal, 4 assists) leading the charge so far this year.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are playing some solid hockey this early in the season. Tampa Bay is 4th in the NHL in goals scored per game thanks to a huge start from center Brayden Point (3 goals, 4 assists). Tampa Bay is almost completely healthy right now and they are at the top of the Atlantic Division. Tampa Bay is still one of the worst defensive teams in the NHL, particularly in the penalty kill, and that leaves some wiggle room for Pittsburgh to come out and dominate on the ice.

Recent Betting Trends:

Penguins are 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games.

Lightning are 4-0 in their last 4 home games.

Under is 9-2 in Penguins last 11 games playing on 0 days rest.

Over is 5-0 in Lightning last 5 overall.

Free Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins +110

Pittsburgh started the season off on the wrong skate, but we think this is going to be just a bump in the road. The Penguins will right their ways with a strong offensive showing with the team coming back to life. We like Pittsburgh to beat Tampa Bay, 4 - 3.

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