Lightning vs. Penguins Game 1 Pick
Who will get the first victory in the Eastern Conference Finals when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Pittsburgh is heavily favored at home, as the Penguins are getting odds of -175 to win, while the Lightning are getting a money line of +160 to prevail. The over/under total for the game has been set at 5 goals.
Pittsburgh is 56-28-9 overall, 31-12-4 at home and 41-35 with the over. Tampa Bay is 54-33-5 overall, 24-19-2 on the road and 43-37 with the under. These two met three times during the season, with the Lightning getting the win in all three games. The Lightning had a 15-9 advantage in goals over the three games.
The Penguins had the much tougher series, beating No. 1 Washington in six games. They were the hottest team in the regular season, winning 14 of 16 and have taken that into the postseason. The Pens have too much depth led by Phil Kessel, who had five goals and 12 points in the playoffs from the third line.
NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FREE PICK: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS -175