The NHL is back in action on Thursday as the Tampa Bay Lightning will clash with the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. The Lightning are heading into this game after a 201 defeat in the game against the Sabres. On the other side, the Penguins suffered a surprising 4-12 defeat against the Devils away.
Tampa Bay Lightning Form
The Lightning started this season in a very good form. However, it seems that they have dropped their pace as they lost their last two games in a row. Both of these defeats were a big surprise as the expectations were that they will beat the Senators and the Sabres. They are in a very tight race with the Maple Leafs for the top spot and it will be very difficult for them as Toronto has a really good team this season.
On the offensive side of the game, the Lightning is placed on the 2nd place in the league in scoring at 3.50 goals per game.
On the defensive part of the game, they are placed on the 10th spot in the league as they have been conceding an average of 2.78 goals per game.
Pittsburgh Penguins Form
The Penguins are struggling this season. They have not been playing well and it seems that their form from the previous season is gone. They have faced a struggling Devils team and everyone expected a dominant win. However, they were demolished with a score of 4-12. Their recent record stands at 5 defeats in the last 6 games.
On the offensive side of the game, the Penguins are placed on the 16th league in scoring at 3.31 goals per game.
On the defensive side of the game, they are placed on the 19th spot in the league with an average of conceded 3.06 goals per game.
The Penguins are playing bad. They have now they lost 5 games and it seems that they keep dropping down. On the other side, Tampa Bay is one of the better teams in the NHL this season. They are playing and I expect a dominant performance by the Lightning. Go for Tampa in this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins on 11/15/2018
is: Take the Tampa Bay -128 (money line bet)
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