Pittsburgh vs Tampa Bay NHL ECF Game 4 Free Pick

Posted by Ryan Knuppel on Thursday,May 19, 2016 11:10, EST in

In the National Hockey League, the Pittsburgh Penguins will look to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Penguins lost the opening game of the series in Tampa Bay, but then bounced back with back to back NHL betting lines wins. Pittsburgh finished the regular season strong as well, winning 8 out of their last 10 and grabbing 104 points. For the Lightning, they are hoping top goaltender can get back in between the pipes after leaving the game early in Game 1. Tampa Bay went 25-13-3 at home during the regular season.

How To Bet on the Penguins vs. Lightning Game 4 NHL Odds, TV & Game Info

When: Friday, May 20, 8:00 PM ET
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay, Florida
TV: NBCSN
Radio: Penguins and Lightning
Stream Option: NBCSN
NHL Odds: TBA

Why Bet the Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins were strong on the road this season, going 22-15-4 in the regular season. Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby continues to be among the top scorers in all of the National Hockey League. He scored 36 goals and dished out 49 assists during the regular season. The postseason leader is Phil Kessel, with 16 points, and also Crosby with 13. The Penguins have loved what they have got from their young goaltender Matt Murray. Murray has allowed just 2.13 goals per game in the postseason.

Why Bet the Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning are all banged up. Steven Stamkos has been out all the postseason, Tyler Johnson is out now, and Ben Bishop is questionable for Game 4. Can the Lightning find a way to win at home and even the series back up? The Lightning scored 2.7 goals, per game in the regular season, while allowing just 2.4. The Lightning have been anchored in the postseason by Nikita Kucherov, with 9 goals and 5 assists. Defenseman Victor Hedman has 11 points as well, including 7 assists. The Lightning are 5-2 at home this postseason.

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My Expert Pick & Prediction

The Pittsburgh Penguins will have a great chance to take a huge lead in this series, and move within 1 game of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Penguins played really well in their last two games, while Tampa Bay is hoping to get their top goaltender Ben Bishop back between the pipes. Even if Bishop comes back in this game, the Penguins are playing too well. Pittsburgh moves to within a game of the Stanley Cup and wins this game. The bet for Friday is the Pittsburgh Penguins +122 over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The final score prediction: Penguins 4 – Lightning 3