After splitting the first six games of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins will meet for a decisive Game 7 tonight, Wednesday April 27th, at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center. Pittsburgh and the Bolts split four meetings during the regular season. NHL oddsmakers have the Penguins as -130 moneyline home favourites over the Lightning (+105) with the over/under set at 5 goals. Be sure to check the Lightning vs Penguins NHL Point Spreads and get your predictions in early.
Tampa Bay (3-3, 2-1 V) got the decisive Game 6 win with a 4-2 home win. Steve Downie scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period; and also knotched two assists for the Lightning. Former Penguin Ryan Malone added a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay, which got a goal apiece from Sean Bergenheim and Teddy Purcell. "I think our whole team stuck to our game plan and remained disciplined. Our penalty kill was great and everyone did an all-around job tonight," Downie said. Dwayne Roloson made 27 saves for the Lightning, improving his lifetime record in elimination games to 5-0. The 41-year-old has a 2.05 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in this series. The Lightning have outscored the Pens by a 13-3 margin at Consol Energy Center since losing Game 1 in the Steel City, 3-0. Tampa Bay has recorded wins in both of its all-time Game 7s, but those tests came during the club's 2004 Stanley Cup championship season.
Pittsburgh (3-3, 1-2 H) has yet to clinch a playoff series at home under head coach Dan Bylsma, winning each of its last five series-clinchers on the road. "It comes down to one now. We'll lay it on the line and do what we can to come out with a win," Penguins forward James Neal said. Pascal Dupuis and Jordan Staal lit the lamp for the fourth-seeded Penguins on Monday, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 17 saves in the losing effort. The setback dropped Pittsburgh to 5-2 in its last seven chances to close out a series on the road. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury needs to rebound from consecutive poor starts, as he's allowed eight goals on just 35 shots in Games 5 and 6 combined. Fleury is 2-1 with a 2.89 GAA in three career Game 7s. The Penguins are 7-5 all-time in Game 7s and lost in this situation to Montreal in last spring's conference semis.
Recent Trends to Consider:
Over is 3-0-2 in the last 5 meetings.
Over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh.
Underdog is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Lightning are 5-1 in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Lightning are 6-2 in their last 8 road games.
Lightning are 5-2 in their last 7 games as an underdog.
Penguins are 2-5 in their last 7 games as a home favorite of -110 to -150.
Penguins are 1-4 in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite.
Lightning vs Penguins
When: Wednesday, April 27, 8:00 PM ET
Pick: Lightning +105
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