Pittsburgh Penguins vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, 3/3/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Penguins vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Thursday, March 3, 2022
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Penguins (+143) Lightning (-175)
The Pittsburgh Penguins (33-14-8) are on their way to Amalie Arena on Thursday where they will attempt to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning (35-11-6). The moneyline on this matchup has Pittsburgh at +143 while Tampa Bay is priced at -175. The betting total is set at 6.
The Pittsburgh Penguins went home feeling good about their game by earning a 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets in the last game they played. Pittsburgh amassed 20 penalty mins in this matchup. Additionally, they had 4 chances on the power play and were able to notch 1 goal. The Penguins had a middle of the road offensive performance in the victory. In the matchup, they tallied a score on 3 of the 40 shots they put on net.
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Pittsburgh Penguins opponents have totaled 134 power play tries (31st in pro hockey) and have come away with 19 goals in those attempts. The Penguins have had 1,666 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .914. Pittsburgh has attempted 1,915 shots and has a shot percentage of 9.2%. While at even strength, the Penguins let the opposition score 124 goals while having 139 as an offensive unit. Pittsburgh steps onto the ice with 168 power play chances and they have tallied 37 goals out of those tries, earning them a rate of 22.02%. For the season, they have earned 74 points and their points percentage is sitting at .673. When talking about their scoring capabilities, the Pittsburgh Penguins have racked up 176 goals (9th in the league) on the season and have surrendered 143.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Tristan Jarry. Opponents have notched 349 goals against Jarry in his pro career and his goals against rate is 2.56. Jarry has been involved in 144 matchups throughout his professional hockey career. His save percentage sits at .915 during his 8,181 mins between the pipes. He has earned a win-loss record of 85-40-13 and he has started in 136 games. For his career, Jarry has earned 83 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .610. Jarry has had 4,097 shot attempts against him and he has 3,748 total saves.
The last time they were on the ice, Tampa Bay played the Senators in a game where the Lightning notched a victory by a final of 5-2. The Lightning notched 5 goals of the 22 shots on goal they took. They had 4 attempts on the power play in this contest and recorded 1 goal out of those opportunities.
The Lightning have racked up 147 goals at even strength and 33 goals (17th in pro hockey) while on the power play. Tampa Bay has taken 1,562 shots (25th in pro hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 11.52%, while allowing the opposition 1,519 shots. So far this season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have tallied 180 goals, 76 points, and a points percentage of .731. They have recorded 163 power play chances and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 20.25%. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 80.67% on the other teams 150 tries on the power play, and their save percentage comes in at 90.7%. They have granted a total of 142 goals to be scored by way of 113 goals at even strength and 29 goals while they were shorthanded.
For the opposition you are going to see Andrei Vasilevskiy in net. Vasilevskiy has earned a lifetime mark of 219-91-23 and has participated in 343 contests. Vasilevskiy's quality start percentage comes out to 57.4% and he has accumulated 191 quality starts in his pro career. He has a tally of 9,535 saves out of 10,365 shots attempted, which gives him a rate of .920. Teams are averaging 2.48 goals/game and he has yielded 830 goals overall. He has been a starter 333 games and his ice time sits at 20,109 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-175) and under 6 goals
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