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Nobody Bounces Back Like the Penguins

Tampa Bay Lightning Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Note: Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

If you’re a Pittsburgh Penguins fan, you might be a little discoraged at the fact that your team is down 1-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference final. If you’re a dedicated Pens backer, however, you probably can’t wait to get your wager down knowing how well your team plays after a loss.

Shark Bites
  • The favorite is 14-2 SU in the last 16 meetings between the Pens and Lightning.
  • The Penguins are 19-5 SU in their last 24 games as home favorites.
  • The Lightning are 4-12 SU in their last 16 games as underdogs.

Online book Bovada is presently offering the Pens at -210 in moneyline markets while the Lightning come in at +175. In puckline betting, the Pens are -1.5 (+150) while the Bolts come in at +1.5 (-170). As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is -140 while UNDER 5 goals is +120.

The Penguins lost Game 1 by a score of 3-1 but have posted an incredible record of 15-0 straight up in their last 15 games following a loss. The last time the Pens lost back-to-back contests was January 12 and 15 to the Carolina Hurricanes and Lightning respectively.

Tampa goaltender Ben Bishop was stretchered off in Game 1 with what has been described as a “lower-body injury” and is now listed as day-to-day. In his stead, Andrei Vasilevskiy was excellent as he stopped 25 of 26 shots faced. The 21-year-old made 24 appearances in the blue paint this season and posted a record of 11-10 and had a 2.76 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're backing the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning in this one, they Lightning listed earlier today as underdogs of 145 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5, depending on the book.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 3.8-1.8 result in favor of the Lightning today. 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 56-29-9 heading into this matchup, while the Tampa Bay Lightning sit at 55-33-5 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 41-36-17 for the Penguins and 37-44-12 for the Lightning. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

The Pittsburgh Penguins sit at No. 1 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Tampa Bay Lightning sit at a No. 21 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Penguins No. 2-ranked offense (3.01 goals per game) against a Tampa Bay Lightning defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.38 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 19.8% rate while the Lightning have a 84.54% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Lightning were a 3-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Penguins. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at +161 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Tampa Bay is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 10 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay home to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, May 18th