The Tampa Bay Lightning (39-11-3) face the Pittsburgh Penguins (23-22-6) on Saturday night at the Amalie Arena.
The Lightning had a game on Thursday evening on home-ice against the St. Louis Blues, with their last result before that being a rare loss when going down to a 3-2 shootout defeat on home-ice to the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday evening. It was a particularly disappointing loss, as the Lightning led 2-0 until the latter stages of the 2nd Period.
The Lightning are currently averaging 3.83 Goals per Game, which leaves them top in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 2.79 Goals per Game, which puts them tied 6th as things stand. On an individual basis, Brayden Point has 31 goals to date for the Lightning, while Nikita Kucherov has contributed an impressive 59 assists.
The Pittsburgh Penguins had a road trip to the Florida Panthers on Thursday evening, but prior to that they suffered a heavy 4-0 loss on home-ice to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday evening.
The Penguins currently average 3.43 Goals per Game to leave them 6th in the overall NHL standings, while defensively they are allowing 3.06 Goals per Game, which places them in 17th position overall. On an individual basis, Jake Guentzel has scored 26 goals for the Penguins this season, while Evgeni Malkin has contributed 41 assists.
The Lightning have been formidable this season, so with home-ice advantage they have to be the team to favour in any predictions ahead of this game. With the Lightning also having the best-attacking stats in the NHL this season and the Penguins not being particularly impressive defensively, the Lightning has to be the tips on the Money Line odds here.
Pick: Money Line – Tampa Bay Lightning