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Penguins Look To Continue Dominance Over Lightning

The start to the season was rocky for the Pittsburgh Penguins but the squad has since bounced back with two straight wins. That is a trend the Pens can build on Thursday when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning, a team they have beaten in seven of the past nine meetings.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of the Penguins’ last 8 games against the Lightning.
  • The Lightning are 6-2 SU and ATS in their last 8 games with two days off between games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of the Lightning’s last 9 games at home.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has owned the Lightning throughout his career with 16 goals and 31 assists in just 34 games. You should probably expect Crosby to add to those numbers considering he has six points through the first four outings of the season and Bolts goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has a 3.66 GAA with a .900 SV%.

The Lightning have opted to simply outscore their opponents through the early portion of the season with the team netting 13 goals in their first three games. Diminutive Brayden Point has been the Lightning’s star so far, as the second-line center has a team-leading three goals with four assists.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Tampa Bay Lightning in this one found them earlier as -119 favorites on the NHL moneyline at Bet365. Betting the OVER/UNDER total instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

A 3-2.6 result in favor of the Penguins is the prediction by the OddsShark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Tampa Bay Lightning Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Tampa Bay Lightning bring a 2-1-0 record to the battle against the 2-1-1 Penguins. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Tampa Bay go 3-0 so far and the Penguins go 2-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 7 (Tampa Bay Lightning) and the No. 16 (Pittsburgh Penguins) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 4-ranked offense, averaging 4.33 goals per game, against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 24 at 4.25 goals allowed. The Lightning power play is averaging 21.43% while the Penguins defense kills off 94.74% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Penguins were a 3-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Capitals. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at +117 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Capitals on October 09. Bettors who backed the Lightning at -114 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh home to Florida, Saturday, October 14
Tampa Bay home to St. Louis, Saturday, October 14

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