Lightning vs Penguins Prediction NHL Pícks Today 12/6

Lightning vs Penguins Prediction NHL Pícks Today 12/6

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Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - NHL Clash

Introduction

Get ready for a thrilling matchup as the Pittsburgh Penguins face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning. In this preview, we'll analyze key player statistics, recent performances, and provide our prediction for the game scheduled on December 6, 2023, at 5:00 PM.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins, currently sixth in the Metropolitan Division with an 11-10-3 record, are set to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning, fifth in the Atlantic Division with an 11-10-5 record.

Goaltender Matchup:

Penguins' goaltenders Tristan Jarry and Alex Nedeljkovic showcase impressive stats with 2.47 GA/G and .918 SV%, and 2.18 GA/G and .937 SV%, respectively. For the Lightning, J. Johansson and A. Vasilevskiy have stats of 3.44 GA/G and .892 SV%, and 3.03 GA/G and .887 SV%, respectively.

 

Game Information

The game will take place at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL, on December 6, 2023, at 5:00 PM. The betting line favors the Lightning at -125, with an Over/Under set at 6.5.

 

Scoring Leaders

Key players to watch include Jake Guentzel for the Penguins and Nikita Kucherov for the Lightning. Guentzel leads in both points (28) and goals (9), while Kucherov impresses with 42 points and 16 goals.

 

Injury Report

The Penguins will be without Pierre-Olivier Joseph (IR), Sam Poulin (OUT), Rickard Rakell (IR), Chad Ruhwedel (IR), and Noel Acciari (OUT). The Lightning have no injured players.

 

Team Stats

Let's compare the team statistics:

Team GF/G GA/G SF/G SA/G PIM PPG PCT PPGA PCT SHG SHGA
Pittsburgh Penguins 3.04 2.58 33.3 31.5 175 7 10.4 11 84.9 1 0
Tampa Bay Lightning 3.35 3.58 30.7 30.9 285 27 31.0 13 82.9 0 0

 

Recent Performances

Let's review the last 5 games for both teams:

Pittsburgh Penguins

Recent results include a 2-1 OT loss against Philadelphia (12/4) and a 4-3 SO loss against Philadelphia (12/2).

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning secured a 4-0 win against Dallas (12/4) but suffered an 8-1 loss to Dallas (12/2).

 

Prediction

Considering the recent struggles of the Lightning's offense and the solid goaltending from both teams, we predict a low-scoring game. The Under of 6.5 goals is the pick, anticipating a defensive battle with both goaltenders making key saves.

Expect a tight and intense matchup with a focus on defensive play, making the Under a favorable choice for this game.

 

Pick: Under 6.5 Goals

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