NHL Betting – Game 6 – Penguins at Lightning

May 30, 2011 NHL Hockey

The Tampa Bay Lightning routed the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday and now the Lightning are favored to win Game 6 in Monday NHL betting.

The Penguins still lead the best-of-seven series three games to two but Tampa Bay has some serious momentum after their 8-2 win in Game 5.  Make your NHL bet on this game at the Sbg sportsbook.

Lightning -145, total 5 over
Tampa Bay is favored to win Game 6 and force a Game 7 back in Pittsburgh. If they continue to get goals from Steven Stamkos they may do more than win just one game. Stamkos had two goals on Saturday as the Lightning dominated Pittsburgh.  Pavel Kubina and Simon Gagne also had two goals each in the win. The big breakout was from Stamkos who has scored 96 goals in the past two seasons to lead all NHL players. He had only one assist in the first four games before his Game 5 breakout.

Penguins Collapse
Pittsburgh suffered their worst home playoff loss ever on Saturday. Gamblers making an NHL bet believe it may be tough for them to bounce back from that loss.  The Penguins don’t seem to have the killer instinct needed especially when they are at home. They have now lost five in a row under head coach Dan Bylsma when they have a chance to win a series at home.  They better hope that trend doesn’t continue because if there is a Game 7 in this series it would be back in Pittsburgh. The Lightning has won the last two games in Pittsburgh by a combined score of 13-3.

Game Trends
In this series, the Penguins are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Tampa Bay. The Penguins are 5-0 in their last 5 road games. The Penguins are 6-1 in their last 7 games as an underdog. The Penguins are 6-2 in their last 8 Monday games. The Lightning is 7-2 in their last 9 Monday games. Somewhat surprisingly, the Over is 3-0-2 in the Penguins last 5 road games. The Over is 4-1-2 in Tampa Bay’s last 7 games as a home favorite. In this series, the Over is 2-0-2 in the last 4 meetings. Normally the games at Tampa Bay between the two teams go under in NHL betting as the Under is 18-6-5 in the last 29 meetings in Tampa Bay.

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