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Lightning vs. Penguins Odds

The Penguins are having difficulty adjusting to their new building, losing five of seven home contests. It won’t get any easier when they host the improved Lightning in their second tilt this season on Friday night.

Sportsbook.ag has the Penguins as -170 favorites when they face  Tampa Bay (+150), who will be playing the second of back-to-back games. The Lightning lost 6-3 on Thursday night to Washington – and they also lost star center Vincent Lecavalier indefinitely with a broken hand.

Pittsburgh is suffering in goal, and without someone solid between the pipes they could have a hard time turning it around. The Penguins fell 7-4 to the Bruins after giving up five goals in the third period in their last game, and they have just two wins in their last seven overall.

Bovada has the total sitting at 6, and with the amount of goals amassed by both these teams in recent games OVER bettors could be salivating at this wager opportunity. The teams also combined for eight goals in their previous meeting – a 5-3 Tampa Bay win on October 27.

Losing stud defenseman Sergei Gonchar to free agency, and an injury to forward Jordan Staal, has hurt both the power play and the penalty killing units for the Penguins.

With Tampa Bay exhibiting more confidence this season - coupled with the Penguins' woes in net - a play on the underdog Bolts could pay off in this contest.