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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins 02/06/2020 NHL Preview, Betting Odds and Picks

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins 02-06-2020 NHL Preview Betting Odds and Picks

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins 02/06/2020 – The Tampa Bay Lightning’s level of play has been off the charts in their last assignments. And as they seek to continue their scorching streak, they will be visited by a powerhouse Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday in a battle of two teams chasing for respective division supremacies. The Lightning is second behind Boston in the Atlantic while the Penguins are in pursuit of the Capitals in the Metropolitan. Despite getting bugged by injuries, the Penguins managed to hang tough and win eight of their last 10 games. But it seems to be insufficient to get the nod the sportsbooks as the NHL Vegas Odds show the Lightning as favorites to win the match.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins 02/06/2020

When: Thursday, February 6, 7:00 PM ET

Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh

Stream: SofaScore

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins 02/06/2020 Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5 (+140) 6.5 o (-120) -170
Pittsburgh Penguins +1.5 (-160) 6.5 u (+100) +150
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Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning has won four straight games heading into the joust against the Penguins. The win ties the tally of the Bruins who are now just holding a seven-point edge at the top of the Atlantic Division. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves in Tuesday’s win against Vegas to put his total to 1,099 saves in the season. Club’s points leader Nikita Kucherov will be playing his 500th NHL game on Thursday. He has amassed a total of 63 points that include seven goals and seven assists during his personal eight-game point streak. 

Players to watch: Nikita Kucherov (GP 52, G 24, A 39, PTS 63), Steven Stamkos (GP 50, G 24, A 33, PTS 57), Brayden Point (GP 50, G 19, A 29, PTS 48).

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins pulled off a statement 4-3 win against their Metropolitan rivals Washington Capitals last Sunday. That makes it eight wins in their last 10 games to pull themselves to within three wins and six points to reach the peak of the division. Sidney Crosby will look to add to his 29-point total of the season. He has played in seven games since returning from his surgery and has accounted for four goals and eight assists. Evgeni Malkin is expected to reassert his prowess after he notched four of his 54 total points in his last two games. 

Players to watch: Sidney Crosby (GP 24, G 9, A 20, PTS 29), Bryan Rust (GP 38, G 22, A 23, PTS 45), Evgeni Malkin (GP 39, G 16, A 38, PTS 54)

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Predictions

Trends

Lightning

Lightning is 12-3 in their last 15 games following a win.
Tampa Bay is 45-14 in their last 59 Thursday games.
Lightning is 65-23 in their last 88 vs. Eastern Conference.
Under is 4-0 in Lightning last 4 vs. Metropolitan.
Under is 6-1-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 8 games following a win.
Over is 18-7-2 in Lightning last 27 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.

Penguins

Penguins are 10-1 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning record.
Pittsburgh is 5-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog.
Penguins are 7-2 in their last 9 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Over is 7-1 in Penguins last 8 vs. a team with a winning record.
Under is 11-2 in Pittsburgh’s last 13 Thursday games.
Under is 4-1 in Penguins last 5 vs. Atlantic

Lightning vs Penguins Betting Picks

Watch out for a defensive tussle on ice between these two teams. Expect them to go back-and-forth with the Penguins coming through to beat the NHL Betting Lines. Sidney Crosby and company will unleash their clutch stunts; hence, go with value and back Pittsburgh to snap Tampa Bay’s winning burst. 

Score Prediction: Lightning 2, Penguins 3.