The Pittsburgh Penguins will attempt to take a 3-1 series stranglehold tonight in Tampa after winning Games 2 and 3 of the series. A Penguins win won’t come easy though as the Lightning are 10-1 in their last 11 games after consecutive losses. They’ve only lost three straight games once in 2016.
The Penguins were relentless in Game 3, outshooting the Lightning 48 - 28, which led the way for a 4-2 win. The Pens have given Lightning backup goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy more than he can handle, as he’s faced 115 shots since taking over for Ben Bishop in Game 1. The 21-year-old is expected to be back in net tonight with Bishop listed as doubtful.
The Penguins opened the day as -148 favorites and have a handful of trends working into their favor. As road favorites, they’re on a run that’s seen them go a perfect 7-0 in their last seven games in that spot, and with a day off in between games, they’re 0-0.
The total for the game sits at 5 goals, and hitting the OVER has become the norm in this matchup. The teams have gone OVER in 15 of their last 18 games against each other.