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Game 7 Histories of Penguins & Lightning

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Betting on who’s at home or away or who’s favored or the dog hasn’t given bettors much of an edge in this series, as the home team has won just twice, while Pittsburgh has been the favorite in each game.

A quick glance to your right will show you that the Penguins are favored to win Game 7 Thursday night against the Lightning. As of this writing, the Pens are healthy -190 favorites, which seems about right as they closed between -179 and -207 in their three previous home games against the Lightning in this series.

With this being such an unpredictable series, bettors haven’t had much to depend on as neither team is standing out in any specific area. That doesn't mean you should quit digging for info though as there's a lot more to be aware of than just the first six games of this series. 

So, before you place your wager, here's a quick look at each team’s history in Game 7s along with some facts and trends that might help you pick the winner.


Tampa Bay is 5-1 in Game 7s, which includes a 2-1 record in Game 7s in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Lightning will be attempting to win three road games in this series, which is exactly what they did in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals against the Rangers — they won Game 7 of that series in New York.


Pittsburgh is 7-7 in Game 7s, and have played in one Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals. They lost that game in 1996 to the Florida Panthers. Pittsburgh is on a negative slide as far as Game 7s are concerned, as they’ve lost three straight.

These teams met in a Game 7 once before, with the Lightning winning the first round game in 2011.

Other Trends and Facts
  • Since 1990, home and away teams have split 14 Conference Finals Game 7's, with road teams taking the last three.
  • The favored team is 17-4 in the last 21 games in this matchup.
  • Since January 10, Tampa Bay is 4-13 as road underdogs.
  • Since January 2, Pittsburgh in 21-8 as home favorites.
  • Pittsburgh is 8-3 in their last 11 home games against the Lightning
  • The total has gone OVER in 18 of the last 21 games between these teams.