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Lightning Doesn’t Strike in Pittsburgh

Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins NHL

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to post back-to-back wins for the first time since February 3 and 5 Saturday, but they’ll have to do it in a city that has not been kind to them in recent visits.

Shark Bites
  • The home team is 6-0 in the last six meetings.
  • OVER is 7-0 in the last seven meetings in Pittsburgh.
  • OVER is 4-1-1 in Pittsburgh’s last six games versus the Atlantic Division.

The Lightning, currently +106 in moneyline markets at online shop BetOnline, have lost their previous nine regular season visits to Pittsburgh with their last win coming on March 31, 2010 and with the Pens on fire at home recently, Saturday afternoon doesn’t bode well for the Bolts.

The Penguins have won seven of their last eight home games heading into Saturday’s meeting and thumped the Detroit Red Wings 6-3 in their last game on Thursday. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby recorded an empty-net goal and an assist against the Wings to end a personal three-game scoreless drought. Despite the slump, Crosby has still managed 14 points in eight games in the month of February.

A silver lining for Tampa backers is that the Lightning have won the previous two meetings between the teams this season, including a 6-3 victory back on February 5.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 3.3-2.3 win for the Penguins on Saturday. 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 sport a record of 29-19-8 heading into this matchup, while the Tampa Bay Lightning sit at 31-22-4 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 21-25-10 for the Penguins and 23-27-7 for the Lightning. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 7 (Pittsburgh Penguins) and the No. 18 (Tampa Bay Lightning) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 16-ranked offense, averaging 2.64 goals per game, against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.53 goals allowed. The Penguins power play is averaging 19.55% while the Lightning defense kills off 82.08% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 6-5 result against the Jets on February 18. Bettors who backed the Lightning at -140 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (11) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 6-3 result against the Red Wings on February 18. Bettors who backed the Penguins at -121 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
  • Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games
  • Tampa Bay is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
  • Pittsburgh is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay at Carolina, Sunday, February 21st
Pittsburgh at Buffalo, Sunday, February 21st