Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL: Thursday, February 6, Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida, 7:00 PM ET
The second clash of the season between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning will be a pure joy to watch, as both teams have been playing in a tremendous form lately. Since the last day of November and a 5-2 defeat in St. Louis, the Penguins have won 19 of their 25 games overall. On the other side, the Lightning have dropped only three of their previous 19 contests and are riding a four-game win streak at the moment.
Back in October, the Lightning outlasted the Penguins 3-2 as -245 home favorites. It was their fourth straight home victory over Pittsburgh, while the Lightning have won five of their previous seven encounters with the Penguins.
The Penguins upset the Capitals to open a three-game road tripPittsburgh is coming off a 4-3 victory at the Washington Capitals this past Sunday. The Caps broke the deadlock midway the first period, but the Penguins bounced back immediately and had a 3-1 lead after Dominik Simon scored with eight minutes left in the second period. Washington cut the deficit early in the third period, and Brandon Tanev sealed the victory for the Penguins, netting his 11th goal of the season with 2:33 left on the clock.
Matt Murray has guarded the cage against the Caps, tallying 29 stops with a .906 save percentage. It was his sixth straight victory, while Murray is 16-6-4 on the season and has a 2.85 GAA and a .900 save percentage. Tristan Jarry is enjoying a wonderful season, notching a 17-8-1 record with a 2.19 GAA and a .928 save percentage, so the Penguins can lean on a pair of excellent goaltenders.
Pittsburgh is 6th in the league in goals against (2.73) and 7th in goals scored per game (3.33). Evgeni Malkin leads the way for the Penguins with 16 goals and 38 assists, while Bryan Rust has scored 22 goals along with 23 dishes. The Penguins sit at the second spot of the Metropolitan Division standings, just five points ahead of the fourth-place New York Islanders.
The Lightning outlasted the Golden Knights to open a three-game homestand
Tampa Bay extended its winning streak to four games with a 4-2 home victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night. The Lightning took only 18 shots towards Vegas’ goalie, but thanks to Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn’s third-period goals, they found a way to stay on the winning path. Andrei Vasilevskiy had another big game, turning aside 29 shots with a .931 save percentage. It was his third straight victory, while Vasilevskiy has guarded the cage in five of Tampa Bay’s last six contests.
Andrei Vasilevskiy is 27-9-3 on the season and has a 2.53 GAA and a .917 save percentage. After a shaky start of the season, the Lightning have improved a lot over the last month and a half, and Vasilevskiy was one of their best players in that span. His backup, the 36-year-old Curtis McElhinney, is 6-6-2 this term and has a 2.88 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
The Lightning are 8th in the league in goals against (2.77) and tied-3rd in goals scored per game (3.58). Nikita Kucherov leads the way for Tampa Bay with 24 goals and 39 assists, while Steven Stamkos has also scored 24 goals along with 33 dishes. The Lightning are second-placed in the Atlantic Division, eight points ahead of the fourth-place Toronto Maple Leafs.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are: Pittsburgh:
- 2-5 in the last seven games against Tampa Bay
- 0-4 in the last four road contests against Tampa Bay
- 16-3 in the last 19 games overall
- 7-0 in the last seven games at home