Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Penguins vs Lightning Odds
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Round 3: Game 2
Date: Monday, May 16th 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -125
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Pittsburgh -1.5 +220
NHL Betting Total: 5
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The Tampa Bay Lightning did exactly what the goal was and now return home with things even at 1-1.
Now, the Lightning will try to use home ice, where they have been so good at, to try and take command of this series.
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The Lightning did what they needed to do, grabbing a Game 1 win, but they have to wonder what could have been.
After holding the Penguins scoreless for 2 periods, the Lightning went into overtime with a chance to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. However, things fell apart quickly as Sydney Crosby found the back of the net to tie things up at 1-1.
One of the silver linings in Game 2 was the return Anton Stralman. He returned from a broken fibula, as he missed more than 7 weeks.
Steven Stamkos continues to rehab himself as he tries to recover from a blood cot.
The 21 year old goalie Vasilevskiy has been about as good as can be in relief for Ben Bishop. He has turned away 63 of 67 shots faced since coming on for the injured Bishop.
The Penguins had their backs against the wall and needed somebody to step up.
Trailing 1-0, they looked to their captain, who came up clutch once again. After scoring just 1 goal all postseason long, Sydney Crosby found the back of the net to cash the Penguins and even this series up at 1.
Phil Kessel continues to be the ignitor of this offense. He has recorded 14 points and came up huge in Game 2. He had the game tying goal, which was his 6th of the postseason.
Tampa Bay returns home to a place where they have played extremely well. They have gone 30-14-1-2 on the year with just a 2.28 GAA over that span.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Penguins are 17-4 in their last 21 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Penguins are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic.
- Penguins are 11-3 in their last 14 road games.
- Lightning are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Lightning are 4-1 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Lightning are 15-5 in their last 20 Wednesday games.
Free Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Hockey Prediction
Despite losing Game 1, all the pressure is on the Penguins right now.
They must go on the road and steal a Game 3 or Game 4, something that has been tough to do at home for Tampa Bay this season.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning ML
The Lightning get out to an a early lead and hold strong throughout, in a lower scoring game
NHL Free Score Prediction: Tampa Bay 2- Pittbusrgh
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