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Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning Picks & Betting Tips - Lightning To Win Season Opener

  • Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning Tips for Tuesday, October 12
  • The puck is slated to drop at 19:30 ET at Amalie Arena
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Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning Picks and Betting Tips


Tampa Bay will be emotionally charged tonight as they raise their second straight Stanley Cup banner.

The Lightening are extremely talented and deep while the Penguins will need to find offense somewhere with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin out for several weeks.

  • Tampa Bay is 4-0 in its last 4 meetings against Pittsburgh
  • The Lightning are 86-32 in their last 118 vs. Eastern Conference teams
  • The Lightning are 16-5 in their last 21 vs. Metropolitan teams
  • Penguins are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay
  • The home team is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings between teams
  • Tampa Bay is 30-9 in last 39 home games

Head to Head 


Tampa Bay swept the three-game series against Pittsburgh last year, which includes winning both matchups at Amalie Arena. The Lightning outscored the Penguins 9-5 last year.

The Lightning have won four straight over the Penguins and four of five overall.

Pittsburgh leads the all-time series 47-43--5.

Pittsburgh Penguins Form


Pittsburgh has made 15 straight playoff appearances.

The Penguins went 37-16-3 with 77 points in 2020-21, marking the eighth straight year that they have finished with at least 75 points, to finish first in the Eastern Division. Pittsburgh lost in the first round of the playoffs.

The Penguins scored 36 power-play goals last season, and their 23.7% conversation rate was fourth best in the NHL.

The Penguins defense gave up 35 power play goals, fifth-most in the league. 

Pittsburgh added three key forwards during the offseason - Danton Heinen, Brock McGinn, and Dominik Simon.

The Penguins lost forwards James McCann and Brandon Tanev (expansion draft) as well as defense man Cody Ceci during the offseason.

C Sidney Crosby, who needs 14 goals to reach 500 in his career, is out 6 weeks following a wrist injury.

C Evgeni Malkin will miss the miss two months with a knee injury.

Tampa Bay Lightning Form


Tampa Bay is the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion.

The Lightning, who have made the playoffs in four straight years and 7 of eight years, finished third in the Central Division with 36-17-3 for 75 points.

The Lightning lost their entire checking line during the offseason, a potentially significant blow to their three-peat chances.

Tampa Bay added forwards Corey Perry and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, goalie Brian Elliott, and defenseman Zach Bogosian.

RW Nikita Kucherov had a playoff-best 32 points in 23 games last season after missing the entire regular season.

C Steven Stamos had 25 goals and 27 assists (regular and postseason combined).

Verdict

Tampa Bay is the better and healthier team. The Lightening have also been dominant at home over the past few years.

Best Bet: Lightning Win Moneyline @-200 at bet365 Sport NJ - 4 Units
Value Bet: Under 6 Goals Total Goals @-116.28 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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