The Eastern Conference finals series shifts gears to Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay as the Lightning host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 Wednesday night. The Bolts will be happy to return home with the series even at one-game apiece because they’ve been at their very best during their Cup run in front of their home fans.
- The Penguins are 12-5 SU in their last 17 games versus the Lightning.
- The Lightning are 4-0 SU in their last four games after a loss.
- The Penguins are 6-0 SU in their last six games as road favorites.
The Lightning are slight underdogs at +110 in moneyline markets at online shop Bovada while the Penguins are priced at -130. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is presently -135 while UNDER 5 goals is +115.
In six home games during the playoffs, the Lightning have posted a record of 5-1 straight up and have actually gone 6-1 on home ice dating back to their final regular season home game.
Goals have been hard to come by for the visiting team during the playoffs as the Lightning have surrendered just 10 goals in those six home games and have posted a pair of shutouts in the process.
Sidney Crosby scored 40 seconds into overtime to give the Pens the 3-2 win in Game 2 Monday, splitting the two contests in Pittsburgh. The goal was the captain’s first in eight games during Pittsburgh’s postseason.
While the Lightning are hopeful that No. 1-netminder Ben Bishop will return from his lower-body injury suffered in the opener at some point this series, Andrei Vasilevskiy has performed exceptionally well in his stead. The Russian did everything he could in Game 2, stopping 38 of 41 shots and has stopped 63 of 67 shots he’s faced since replacing Bishop.