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Pivotal Game 5 in Bolts-Pens Series

The Tampa Bay Lightning continue to get the job done without their star forward in the Eastern Conference finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Bolts rebounded from their worst performance of the postseason in Game 4 and scored the first four goals of game, holding on for a 4-3 victory. Game 5 is scheduled for Sunday in Pennsylvania.

Shark Bites
  • The OVER is 8-1-1 in the last 10 meetings in Pittsburgh.
  • The Lightning are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Pittsburgh.
  • The Penguins are 7-1 in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

Pittsburgh faces some big questions in between the pipes. Regular starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury returned to the fold from injury in Game 4 and made seven saves in the third period after replacing Matt Murray. Fleury had not seen the ice since March 31 due to injury, and Pens head coach Mike Sullivan told reporters he would make a goaltending decision on Sunday.

The Penguins will have to make due without key defensemen Trevor Daley after the blueliner left Game 4 with a leg injury. Daley is out indefinitely.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Tampa Bay Lightning were listed as 145 underdogs on the NHL hockey moneyline earlier at Bet365. The over under total was set at 5 before betting started earlier on Sunday at Bovada.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.6-2.1 result in favor of the Lightning. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 56-34-6 this season, while the Penguins are 58-30-9. Tampa Bay is 39-44-13 against the total, while Pittsburgh is 43-36-18 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

This game puts the Pittsburgh Penguins, most recently No. 1 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Tampa Bay Lightning, who rate a No. 21 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Penguins No. 2-ranked offense (3.02 goals per game) against a Tampa Bay Lightning defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.41 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 19.87% rate while the Lightning have a 84.35% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Tampa Bay is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games when playing Tampa Bay
  • Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay

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