Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins 12/15/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 12/14/2014
Monday, December 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM ET
Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh
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The Tampa Bay Lightning will be heading out on the road on Monday night to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have won 10 of their 15 home games this season. During the 2013-14 season, the Penguins won all three of their games against the Lightning.
Tampa Bay has now lost three out of their last four games after losing 4-2 to the Washington Capitals on Saturday night. Goalie Ben Bishop struggled in that loss, giving up three goals and finishing with a low .889 save percentage.
The Lightning are the top scoring team in the Eastern Conference and are also in the top 10 in the NHL in power play percentage. Center Steven Stamkos has 17 goals and 17 assists through 31 games this year, while Tyler Johnson currently leads the team in assists with 21.
On Saturday night, the Penguins scored late in the third period of their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets to send the game into overtime, but they still ended up losing 4-3 in the shootout. Pittsburgh did end up with a 36-27 shooting advantage in that loss, but they also went 0-for-4 on the power play.
Through 29 games, the Penguins are in the top five in the league in both scoring and power play percentage. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has had a very strong start to the season by going 16-4-2 with five shutouts, a 2.10 GAA and a .926 save percentage.
Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Trends
Tampa Bay Lightning are 19-12-0 Against the Spread
Tampa Bay Lightning are 18-12-0 against the Over/Under
Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Penguins are 19-10-0 Against the Spread
Pittsburgh Penguins are 12-14-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Lightning
12/14/14 LW Ondrej Palat Lower Body doubtful Monday vs. Pittsburgh
12/13/14 D Radko Gudas Illness "?" Monday vs Pittsburgh
10/06/14 D Mattias Ohlund Knee out indefinitely
12/14/14 C Sidney Crosby Virus is downgraded to doubtful Monday vs. Tampa Bay
12/11/14 D Olli Maatta Upper Body out indefinitely
12/10/14 RW Beau Bennett Knee expected to miss another week
12/03/14 LW Chris Kunitz Foot expected to miss 2 weeks
12/03/14 C Scott Wilson Leg expected to miss 2-3 weeks
11/18/14 RW Pascal Dupuis Blood Clot out for season
11/01/14 D Derrick Pouliot Shoulder out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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