Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 2/11/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Tampa Bay Lightning (36-15-5) at Pittsburgh Penguins (34-15-5)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins / Tampa Bay Lightning --- Over/Under:
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Tuesday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a win to build on their seven-game winning streak. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 24.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 26 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 42 assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 102 goals on 1,247 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 40 goals on 438 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed two or less goals in five straight games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for another win after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Bryan Rust leads Pittsburgh with 22 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 40 assists and Kris Letang has 143 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 81 goals on 810 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 57 goals on 798 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games.
The Lightning are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 67-23 in their last 90 vs. Eastern Conference and 83-37 in their last 120 overall. The Penguins are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference, 140-64 in their last 204 home games and 20-7 in their last 27 overall. The under is 2-0-2 in Lightning last 4 overall. The over is 6-2 in Penguins last 8 home games. The Lightning are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The favorite is 41-17 in the last 58 meetings. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The over is 16-5-2 in the last 23 meetings in Pittsburgh and 33-14-5 in the last 52 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are clearly flexing their muscle right now and are hard to bet against no matter who they play or other circumstances. However, the Pittsburgh Penguins are playing great hockey in their own right and have an edge with the rest and home ice. The Tampa Bay Lightning are coming off a tough, physical game against Columbus last night that went into overtime. The home team has won nine of the last 10 meetings between the Lightning and Penguins. Give me the home team in this contest.