Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, Saturday, Las Vegas Odds, NHL Hockey Sports Betting, Picks and Prediction

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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
17-7-3 December 10, 8:00 PM | Amalie Arena 14-12-2
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 10, 2016
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ROOT (Pittsburgh), FSN Sun (Tampa Bay)
Team/  Live in game Betting at gtbets-sportsbook Spread MoneyLine Total
Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 +205 -142 5.5 -105
Tampa Bay Lightning +1.5 -245 +122 5.5 -115
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 The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Tampa Bay Lightning will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at Amalie Arena.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS (17-7-3): Pittsburgh has moved to second in the league in scoring (3.37 per game) despite a power play that ranks in the middle of the pack and is 1-for-30 over the last nine games. Crosby recorded four goals and six assists during his current six-game point streak while linemate Patric Hornqvist boasts eight points over the last nine contests. Evgeni Malkin, who owns 28 points – one behind Crosby for the team lead – and Phil Kessel (27) were held off the scoresheet Thursday but fourth-line center Matt Cullen netted a goal for the third straight game.

ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (14-12-2): Tampa Bay isn’t scoring goals either, managing only one against Vancouver on a season-high 41 shots and two over the last three games overall while going 3-for-27 on the power play in a nine-game span. Right wing Nikita Kucherov, who leads the team with 13 goals and 29 points, was kept off the scoresheet in four of the last six games and finished with a career-worst minus-4 rating Thursday. Speedy forward Jonathan Drouin had the only goal for the Lightning against Vancouver and boasts four points in his last three games with a plus-3 rating.

gtbets-sportsbook currently has the Penguins listed as 142-moneyline favorites versus the Lightning, while the game’s total is sitting at 5.5.  

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 5-1 result against the Canucks on December 08. Bettors who backed the Canucks at +199 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 5-1 winner as they battled the Panthers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Penguins at -134 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins were unstoppable during a four-game winning streak and look to stay hot when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday in a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference final. Pittsburgh boasts 24 goals during a 4-0-0 stretch without much help from their power play and face a Lightning squad struggling to keep the puck out of its net.

Pittsburgh scored three times in the first 7:34 en route to a 5-1 victory over Florida on Thursday in the first leg of its quick Sunshine State trip. “It’s nice to start with the lead. It was kind of weird the way things worked out,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby told reporters. “We didn’t have many shots, but we had a few goals right off the bat.” Tampa Bay suffered a demoralizing 5-1 loss to Vancouver at home on Thursday – the fourth time the Lightning have allowed at least five goals during a 1-5-1 stretch. “I don’t even remember losing games by four goals, ever,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper told reporters. “Maybe one a year. We’re losing them at once a week now. It comes down to defending.”

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Pittsburgh:
Team record: 17-7-3 SU
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games

Tampa Bay:
Team record: 14-12-2 SU
Tampa Bay is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Tampa Bay is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Pittsburgh
Tampa Bay is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Arizona Monday, December 12
Tampa Bay at Calgary Wednesday, December 14

KEY NOTES
1. Tampa Bay G Andrei Vasilevskiy, who had a .923 save percentage against the Penguins in the Eastern finals last season, will likely be in net Saturday.
2. Pittsburgh D Justin Schultz registered three goals and five assists during a career-best five-game point streak.
3. Lightning C Vladislav Namestnikov owns a minus-7 rating in 27 games this season after finishing with a plus-17 in 2015-16.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Pittsburgh Penguins will win outright at -142 and the game will go over 5.5 points according to scamdicappersscamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Penguins 4, Lightning 3 at gtbets-sportsbook

SMART CHART
PIT TEAM TB
2.99 GOALS 2.77
2.48 GA 2.75
18.53 PP% 15.77
84.31 PK% 82.80
33.20 SHOTS OFF 29.26
29.68 SHOTS DEF 30.89
0.51 GOAL DIFF 0.02
INJURIES
PITTSBURGH
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
TAMPA BAY
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 18 of Pittsburgh’s last 22 games when playing Tampa Bay
Pittsburgh is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
TAMPA BAY
Tampa Bay is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Tampa Bay is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 18 of Tampa Bay’s last 22 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Lightning Overall Defense 3.0 3 2.8 17
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Lightning Overall Defense 3.4 2 2.8 17
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Lightning Overall Defense 3.0 3 2.5 4
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Lightning Overall Defense 3.4 2 2.5 4
Penguins Road Scoring vs Lightning Home Defense 3.0 4 2.9 25
Penguins Road Scoring vs Lightning Home Defense 2.7 11 2.9 25
Penguins Road Scoring vs Lightning Home Defense 3.0 4 2.4 8
Penguins Road Scoring vs Lightning Home Defense 2.7 11 2.4 8
Penguins Road PP vs Lightning Home PK 17.2 20 85.4 5
Penguins Road PP vs Lightning Home PK 9.5 27 85.4 5
Penguins Road PP vs Lightning Home PK 17.2 20 85.7 9
Penguins Road PP vs Lightning Home PK 9.5 27 85.7 9
Lightning Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 2.8 9 3.0 25
Lightning Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 2.8 9 2.5 6
Lightning Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 2.8 13 3.0 25
Lightning Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 2.8 13 2.5 6
Lightning Home Scoring vs Penguins Road Defense 2.9 10 3.2 24
Lightning Home Scoring vs Penguins Road Defense 2.9 10 2.4 2
Lightning Home Scoring vs Penguins Road Defense 2.9 15 3.2 24
Lightning Home Scoring vs Penguins Road Defense 2.9 15 2.4 2
Lightning Home PP vs Penguins Road PK 21.7 9 85.8 1
Lightning Home PP vs Penguins Road PK 21.7 9 76.5 24
Lightning Home PP vs Penguins Road PK 20.7 10 85.8 1
Lightning Home PP vs Penguins Road PK 20.7 10 76.5 24
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh is the second highest scoring team in the league at 3.4 goals per game.
Pittsburgh leads the league in shots with 34.5 per game.
Pittsburgh is second worst in shots against in the league at 32.5 per game.
Pittsburgh allows the second most power play goals in the league with 0.9 per game.
Pittsburgh has the third worst penalty killing in the league at 76.0%.
TAMPA BAY
Tampa Bay is second best in the league in power play goals with 0.8 per game.

 

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