Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Lightning vs Penguins Odds
Looking for Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins free hockey picks? NHL betting sees the Lightning taking on the Penguins on Friday, May 13th, 2016 at the Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey matchups throughout the playoffs so stay tuned for more FREE daily NHL hockey predictions.
Date: Friday, May 13th 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -175
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Pittsburgh -1.5 +165
NHL Betting Total: 5
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The Eastern Conference finals are set and the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins get set to battle it out
Tampa Bay took down the Islanders while the Penguins eliminated the top seeded Capitals
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay has had little problems this NHL Postseason.
The Lightning handled the Red Wings and Islanders both in 5 games as they really stepped things up on the defensive end in both series.
Tampa Bay allowed 5 goals in a Game 1 loss to the Islanders, but over the next 4 games, they allowed just 6 goals total.
The Lightning could get a giant boost at some point in this series too. Anton Straiman and Steven Stamkos both who have been injured, could return this series. The duo are the Lightning’s top defense pair and would provide quite the boost for this Tampa Bay team.
During the regular season, Tampa Bay beat the Penguins in three straight games.
The Penguins, too, have had little problems this postseason for the most part.
They handled the Rangers with ease as they took both games inside Madison Square Garden to essentially steal the series.
Then in the 2nd round, after going 1-1 in Washington, they returned home to take both games. After dropping Game 5, the Penguins had a lot of drama in Game 6.
They raced out to a 3-0 lead and it looked like this team would cruise into the Conference Finals.
They then allowed 3 straight goals, only to score the game winner in overtime.
Pittsburgh showed how deep this team really is last round. They got just 1 goal from Crosby and Malkin, but the rest of the team, including the 3rd line did the rest.
Pittsburgh will start this series off at home, where they are 31-12-1-3.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Lightning are 16-5 in their last 21 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
- Lightning are 23-9 in their last 32 Friday games.
- Lightning are 35-17 in their last 52 overall.
- Penguins are 6-0 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Penguins are 17-4 in their last 21 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Penguins are 21-5 in their last 26 home games.
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Hockey Prediction
The Penguins have shown they have much more depth than the Lightning.
This one could come down to the defenses though. Both teams will be looking to get out to the early lead, to set the tone.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Pittsburgh ML
The Penguins hold par for Game 1 and take a 1-0 series lead.
NHL Free Score Prediction:Pittsburgh 3- Tampa Bay 1
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