Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins 1/2/2015 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 1/1/2015
Friday, January 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM ET
Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh
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On Friday, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be going on the road to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game that will feature two of the best offenses in the NHL. The Lightning and the Penguins have each picked up a win from their two games against each other this season.
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The Lightning played a solid all-around game on Wednesday night and ended up easily defeating the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 on the road. Left wing Ondrej Palat was the top star in that win by notching one goal and three assists.
Through 38 games, the Lightning have been one of the best scoring teams in the league by averaging over 3.2 goals per game. Center Tyler Johnson has had a great start to the campaign by scoring 13 goals and providing a team-high 27 assists to his teammates. Goalie Ben Bishop is now 18-6-2 with one shutout, a .914 save percentage and a 2.29 GAA.
On Wednesday night, the Penguins were able to snap their four-game losing skid by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 at home. They didn't score on the power play in that game, but they did ended up with a dominant 39-25 shooting advantage.
The Penguins are currently in the top five in both scoring and penalty kill percentage.
Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Trends
Tampa Bay Lightning are 24-15-0 Against the Spread
Tampa Bay Lightning are 21-17-0 against the Over/Under
Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Penguins are 23-14-0 Against the Spread
Pittsburgh Penguins are 15-19-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Lightning
12/31/14 D Radko Gudas Lower Body "?" Friday vs Pittsburgh
10/06/14 D Mattias Ohlund Knee out indefinitely
01/01/15 D Jason Garrison Lower Body probable Friday vs. Pittsburgh
12/28/14 RW Patric Hornqvist Foot expected to miss 2-3 weeks
12/27/14 D Olli Maatta Shoulder out another 4 weeks
12/23/14 LW Blake Comeau Wrist expected to miss 1-2 weeks
12/22/14 RW Steve Downie Virus out indefinitely
12/22/14 GO Thomas Greiss Virus out indefinitely
12/20/14 D Paul Martin Undisclosed out indefinitely
12/03/14 C Scott Wilson Leg expected to miss 2-3 weeks
11/18/14 RW Pascal Dupuis Blood Clot out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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