Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins Match Preview & Betting Odds 2019
February 07, 2019
The Tampa Bay Lightning (39-11-3) welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins (23-22-6) to the Amalie Arena on Saturday evening.
The Lightning had a game on Thursday evening on home-ice against the St. Louis Blues, with their result prior to that being a rare loss this season when going down to a 3-2 shootout defeat on home-ice to the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday evening. The loss was all the more disappointing as the Lightning led 2-0 until the latter stages of the 2nd Period.
The Lightning are currently averaging 3.83 Goals per Game, which leaves them top of the pile in 1st in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 2.79 Goals per Game, which places them tied 6th as things stand. On an individual basis, Brayden Point has 31 goals to date for the Lightning, while Nikita Kucherov has provided 59 assists.
The Pittsburgh Penguins had a road trip to the Florida Panthers on Thursday evening, but prior to that they lost their previous game 4-0 on home-ice to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday evening.
The Penguins currently average 3.43 Goals per Game to leave them 6th in the overall NHL standings, while defensively they are allowing 3.06 Goals per Game, which puts them down in 17th position overall. On an individual basis, Jake Guentzel has scored 26 goals for the Penguins this season, while Evgeni Malkin has contributed 41 assists.
The Lightning have been the team of the season to date, so with home-ice advantage they have to be the team that most pundits would back in any predictions ahead of this game. With the Lightning also having the best attacking stats in the NHL this season and the Penguins not being exactly watertight defensively, the Lightning have to be the tips on the Money Line odds here.