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Penguins on the road in Tampa Bay

The Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Tampa Bay Lightning in their first meeting of the season last month as those two Eastern clubs renew hostilities down in Florida on Friday afternoon.

The Penguins edged the Lightning 5-4 as a slight road favorite on the NHL betting lines at the sportsbooks when the two teams met for the first time this season back on October 12. Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay have played to seven straight OVERs.

Tampa Bay battles the Penguins, currently with a 16-9-1 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 11-12-2 for the Lightning and 10-14-2 for the Penguins.

View Pittsburgh Penguins vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds and Stats.

If you're going with the Lightning in this one, they were listed as moneyline underdogs of 119 on most hockey betting menus early today for Friday's contest. The over-under was at 5.5 earlier at BetOnline.

This game matches up the No. 15 (Lightning) and the No. 3 (Penguins) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

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In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 6-5 winner at home against the Maple Leafs. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -205 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (11) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 4-2 winner at home against the Flyers. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -110 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 8-ranked offense (3.04 goals per game) against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.42 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 17.58% rate while the Penguins have a 85.14% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Penguins at Lightning trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games
Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Florida, Saturday, November 30th
Tampa Bay at Columbus, Tuesday, December 3rd

 

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