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Will Lightning Strike in a Game 7 Again?

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We find out who will be joining the San Jose Sharks in the 2016 Stanley Cup final as the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday evening. The Lightning have actually been a fantastic wager in Game 7s throughout their brief history and get a crack at posting another W tonight.

Shark Bites
  • The fave has gone 17-4 SU in the last 21 games between the Lightning and Penguins.
  • OVER has cashed in 18 of the previous 21 meetings between the Lightning and Penguins.
  • The Lightning are 5-1 SU in the last six games as road underdogs.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Pens at -190 in moneyline markets while the Lightning currently come in at +160. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5.5 goals is currently +110 while UNDER 5.5 goals is -130.

The Lightning have played six Game 7’s in their franchise history (none during their current playoff run) and have won five of those – including a pair of Game 7 wins en route to a Stanley Cup final appearance last season. Furthermore, UNDER has been an excellent wager in Tampa Game 7’s as well, cashing in all six spots.

As far as the Penguins are concerned, they have gone 7-7 SU in their history when it comes to Game 7’s and have lost three straight (2010, 2011, 2014) entering Thursday’s contest. The pair have met once before in a Game 7, coming in 2011 when the Bolts blanked them by a score of 1-0.

The Pens have gone 6-3 SU in nine home games during the playoffs with the Lightning posting an excellent road record of 5-2 SU away from the Amalie Arena.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Pittsburgh Penguins were listed earlier today as -114 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada), while odds makers set the opening betting total around 5.5.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Penguins to win this game 3-2.6. 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 Pittsburgh Penguins are 59-30-10 so far on the season. The Tampa Bay Lightning, meanwhile, are 57-35-6. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Pittsburgh go 45-36-18 and the Lightning go 41-44-13 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 21-rated Tampa Bay Lightning taking on the No. 1-rated Pittsburgh Penguins in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 3.04 goals per game, against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.44 goals allowed. The Penguins power play is averaging 19.81% while the Lightning defense kills off 84.33% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 12 games at home

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