Betting on today’s Penguins and Lightning game? Catch the action at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL, as the Lightning hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on BSSU. The over/under for this game is set at 6.5 goals, and the Lightning are the home favorites against the Penguins in a Eastern conference matchup.
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS VS TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING BETTING PICK
The Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5
This game will be played at Amalie Arena at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, December 6th.
WHY BET THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING:
- Coming in as 1.5 goal favorites, our projections have the Lightning picking up a 4-3 win.
- Take the Lightning on the moneyline
- On the spread, we like Penguins (+1.5)
Is a Win at Tampa Possible for the Penguins?
This season, the Penguins currently hold an overall record of 11-11-3. When playing on the road, Pittsburgh has a 6-5-2 record, while they are 5-6-1 at home. They are currently positioned 7th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 12th in the Eastern conference.
When it came to the puck line, Pittsburgh heads in with a 11-13 record. On the road, their mark is 6-6 and their overall home performance is 5-7 vs. the puck line. This season, Pittsburgh’s games are averaging 5.7 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.6. The Penguins currently have an over/under record of 8-15-1.
In their last three games away from home, the Penguins have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs. the spread. The team averaged 2 goals per game in this stretch.
For their offensive performance, the Penguins come in averaging 3 goals per game this season, which is 18th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 6th in the league. The Penguins went 6-6 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 5-5.
Pittsburgh’s leading scorer is Sidney Crosby. So far, he has 15 goals which is 6th in the NHL. Crosby also comes into the game with 11 assists.
Defensively, the Lightning are currently 6th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.7 shots per game against Tampa Bay. They also are 3rd in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
Goalie Tristan Jarry gets the start and has made 18 starts this season. His record at this point is 8-8, and his save percentage is 91.8%.
Does Tampa Bay Stand a Chance at Home?
Coming into their game vs. Penguins, the Lightning have a 11-10-5 record. They hold a 7-3-3 record when playing at home, and they have gone 4-7-2 on the road. At the moment, they hold the 5th spot in the Eastern Atlantic division and are ranked 9th in the Eastern conference.
In terms of the puck line, Tampa Bay posted a 14-12 record. On the road they are 6-7 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is 8-5. The average goal total for Tampa Bay’s games is sitting at 6.9. The average over/under line for the season is 6.6. The Lightning come in with an over/under record of 12-12-2.
Through their last three home contests, the Lightning offense has averaged 1 goals per game while allowing an average of 5. Tampa Bay posted an overall record of 0-3 while going 0-3 ATS.
Offensively, the Lightning come into the game at 3.3 goals per contest placing 4th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 10th position in the league. In terms of the Lightning’s offense during power plays, they are 2nd in power play goals and 29th in shorthanded goals.
The leading scorer for Tampa Bay’s offense is Nikita Kucherov. Coming into the game he has 16 goals, ranking 2nd in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 26 assists so far.
Defensively, the Lightning come into the season ranked 6th in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 30.7 shots per game against Tampa Bay. For the season, they are ranked 3rd in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
Entering the game, goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has started five games this season. His current record stands at 2-3, and his save percentage is 88.7%.