Just as we had called it on a previous article, the Penguins kicked out of sweet chin music from the Lightning and we are headed for a game 7! Online betting fans are now waiting what is going to be the culmination of a classic series. After being put on the verge of elimination at home and on OT, the Penguins headed down to St. Louis looking to fight for survival and get one last game. And they did so on impressive fashion routing the Lightning 5-2. Game 7 will be this Thursday May 26th, with the winner moving on to the Stanley Cup Final.
The current line at SBG Global Sportsbook for Game 7 is:
Lightning +1½ (-170) 5½ (+105) ML: +170
Penguins -1½ (+150) 5½ (-125) ML: -200
Considering the nature of the lines that been going on since the series started the Penguins are not surprisingly the favorites; they are at home and they are fresh of a fantastic win. Also, since they went for the over once more, the Total line of 5½ goals is a reasonable and a good pick to continue the trend. All this will amount to that you should make no mistake, this game is going to be a must watch event and one for the ages.
But is the series all set and done for the Lightning now that they lost at home? Absolutely not! They went to Pittsburg and silenced the crowd at the Consol Energy Center twice this series. This should give them some sort of edge, as they know that they are able to get wins on the road. They just need to do it one last time as they move the series to Penguin country. This series has been evenly matched and it is going to distance, as it logically should. An online betting upset is not a far-fetched possibility for the Lightning.
As for the Penguins, they had to reach deep down and had a strong game (and perhaps the best of their entire playoffs) to even up the series. The HBK line produced on this game and finally they appear to get some momentum and at game 7 they will need to be on point as the Lightning will come out for them since the beginning trying to take the early lead. Matt Murray needs to be on point under the pipes as keeping Tampa Bay’s offense will go extra hard.
As for the Lightning, they must not lose focus and remember that they have beaten the Penguins before and that they have been overcoming the odds all throughout the playoffs. One more game, one more win, then on to the Stanley Cup finals. Andrei Vasilevskiy will need to be extra sharp, because now that the Penguins drew blood and got to game 7, they will want to test him as constant and as often as they can. The Russian goalie might be the decisive factor for the final game of the series. However in the end the online betting pick for this game will be the Penguins, but mainly because the Lightning failed to seal the deal at home and that will definitely be a mental factor for both teams. The Penguins, at home, they will want to close the series in big fashion and take it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals.