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(37-10-2) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (26-17-6)
Date: Wednesday, January 30th
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Penguins -105
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NHL Betting Total: 6.5
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What better way to get back into the swing of things after the NHL all-star break than a matchup of league elites when the Lightning travel to Pittsburgh. Tampa Bay is running roughshod over the league this season as their 76 points are 5 more than the next closest team.
Wednesday’s game is an elite matchup between two of the NHL’s best players in Nikita Kucherov and Sidney Crosby. For all the success Tampa Bay has had, they still need to slay some demons in Pittsburgh where they’ve dropped 4 of 5.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The all-star break couldn’t have come at a better time for the Lightning, who had gotten a bit complacent with a 2-2 record before the 11 day layoff. They are now refreshed (which is scary) and have great value (-115) on the road where the Lightning are 17-5-2 this year.
The Tampa Bay offense had been sputtering a bit with 2 goals or less in 3 of 4 games. The good thing is they don’t need a lot of scoring when you’ve got Andrei Vasilevskiy in net. The Lightning goaltender is 20-6-2 on the season and his .925% save percentage is 2nd best in the league.
If anybody needed some time off to recharge the batteries it’s Pittsburgh who dropped 3 of 4 before the break. Well, the Penguins have already come out of the break with a 2-6 home loss to New Jersey so that didn’t work. The biggest advantage Pittsburgh has Wednesday is that they’ve already had a game to shake off their rust.
Pittsburgh probably has the offense to hang with Tampa Bay on Wednesday (O/U 6.5) as the Penguins have a top 5 scoring attack. It’s their defense, specifically goaltending that gives the Lightning huge value at -115. Matt Murray gets the start in net having allowed 4+ goals in three of his last four.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Lightning are 40-14 their last 54 overall
- Lightning are 54-26 their last 80 road games
- Penguins are 1-4 their last 5 overall
- Lightning are 1-4 their last 5 in Pittsburgh
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Prediction:
It’s kind of hard to gauge teams’ first game back after a lengthy break. The line of TB -115 is one of the best values you’ll see on the Lightning probably from here on out. Last time that happened however, Tampa Bay dropped a 2-5 contest January 5th in San Jose as -106 favorites.
With the way Pittsburgh has defended their home ice vs. Tampa Bay lately, are they the solid play in this contest? It’s hard to go against Tampa Bay and their #1 offense, but that’s what everybody is thinking.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Pittsburgh -105
NHL Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 3 – Tampa Bay 2
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