Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Penguins vs Lightning Odds
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Round 3: Game 4
Date: Monday, May 16th 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -145
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Pittsburgh -1.5 +190
NHL Betting Total: 5
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The Penguins showed no issues with getting home ice back real quick.
Pittsburgh went into Tampa Bay for Game 3 and dominated after notching the first goal late in the 2nd period. They’ll now look to take complete command in the series with a win here in Game 4.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning knew things wouldn’t be easy without Ben Bishop in between the pipes.
Andrei Vasilevskiy was peppered with shots all night long as he turned aside 44 of the shots face, but allowed 4 of those to get in. With the status of Ben Bishop still unknown, Vasilevskiy must be ready to get the call and come up huge if he does indeed play in Game 4.
There have also been some rumblings of Steven Stamkos making a return this series and this would be the most ideal time for him. Stamkos has been out with a blood clot and has been ruled out on a game by game basis. The return of their Captain would be a huge mental and offensive boost for this team.
Nikita Kucherov assisted both goals in the Game 3 loss. He continues to be the biggest key to this Lightning offense as he has proven to be a spark plug both by setting up his teammates and assisting.
Pittsburgh didn’t take very long to steal home ice back.
The Penguins scored late in the 2nd period and then opened up a 4-1 lead in the 3rd period as they pulled away to seal a 2-1 series lead.
They have been a tough team to score against on the road and the 21 year old Matt Murray came up huge in the Game 3 win. He allowed just 2 goals, 1 of which was after the game was out reach. This comes on the heels of rumors swirling around that he may be replaced after struggling.
Phil Kessel has also been red hot. He recorded yet another goal this postseason as he remains the Pens biggest offensive threat.
Pittsburgh improved to 26-16-4-1 on the road with their Game 3 win.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Penguins are 18-3 in their last 21 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Penguins are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic.
- Penguins are 12-2 in their last 14 road games.
- Lightning are 3-2 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Lightning are 3-2 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Free Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Hockey Prediction
The Penguins looked like they are too much for this Lightning team.
Given all the injuries for Tampa Bay, the Pens should be able to take advantage of the young netminder once again here.
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The Penguins get out to an early lead and hold on late to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 4- Tampa Bay 2
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