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Pittsburgh favored by -178 against Tampa Bay on Saturday

Tampa Bay Lightning

Pittsburgh Penguins
39-24-7 March 22, 2014, 01:00 PM | Consol Energy Centre 45-19-5

The Pittsburgh Penguins battle the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday in NHL betting action at Consol Energy Centre.

Supporters of the Lightning have seen them go 39-24-7 so far this season, while the Penguins are at 45-19-5. In totals betting, the Penguins are 33-31-5, while the Lightning are 35-32-3.View Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Penguins as -178 Favorite earlier today. The over under opened at 5.5 at 5Dimes for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 15-ranked Penguins and the No. 22-rated Lightning in this matchup.

Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Senators on March 20. Bettors who backed the Lightning at -111 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 5-4 loser on the road against the Red Wings. Bettors on Detroit at +130 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 5-ranked offense, averaging 3.16 goals per game, against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.64 goals allowed. The Penguins power play is averaging 23.93% while the Lightning defense kills off 80.52% of their penalties.

A few Lightning at Penguins trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Ottawa, Monday, March 24th
Pittsburgh home to St. Louis, Sunday, March 23rd