Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/6/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/6/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (33-14-5) at Tampa Bay Lightning (33-15-5)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -160 / Pittsburgh Penguins +144 --- Over/Under: 6.5

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

The Pittsburgh Penguins look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Bryan Rust leads Pittsburgh with 22 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 38 assists and Kris Letang has 129 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 78 goals on 782 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 55 goals on 763 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in five straight games.

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to keep the puck rolling after winning 16 of their last 19 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 25.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 24 goals, Brayden Point has 29 assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 83.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 99 goals on 1,198 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 40 goals on 438 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning haven’t allowed more than three goals since December 31.

The Penguins are 7-2 in their last 9 road games, 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win and 22-8 in their last 30 overall. The Lightning are 12-3 in their last 15 games following a win, 65-23 in their last 88 vs. Eastern Conference and 81-37 in their last 118 overall. The over is 7-3 in Penguins last 10 overall. The over is 20-7-2 in Lightning last 29 home games. The Penguins are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Tampa Bay and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 40-17 in the last 57 meetings. The home team is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings. The over is 15-4-2 in the last 21 meetings in Tampa Bay and 33-14-4 in the last 51 meetings.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are looking more and more like the cup favorites as they're piling up wins left and right. The Lightning have also won five of the last seven meetings against the Penguins and the home team has won eight of the last nine meetings overall. With that said, the Pittsburgh Penguins are playing too well to turn down these big ML prices, and they're actually the second most profitable team in the spot currently. The Tampa Bay Lightning just got out of the red despite all their wins because they're constantly laying big juice. Give me the Penguins and the plus money.

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Randy’s Pick Pittsburgh Penguins +144

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