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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 10/21/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore



PITTSBURGH (5-2-0-1, 11 pts.) at TAMPA BAY (6-1-0-1, 13 pts.)
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Saturday, 10/21/2017 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
63PITTSBURGH+140Ov 6.5,-105+125Ov 6.5,+100
64TAMPA BAY-160Un 6.5,-115-145Un 6.5,-120
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games5-3-0+1.45-3+1.46-23.635.74.033.6
Team Stats (Road Games)3-2-0+1.23-2+1.24-13.437.24.832.6
Last 5 Games4-1-0+3.24-1+3.24-
PITTSBURGH Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)82981281028610.1%331133.3%54
Team Stats (Road Games)517484101869.1%20945.0%31
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5205951019010.5%21942.9%36
Stats Against (All Games) 32111371026911.9%37616.2%59
Stats Against (Road Games) 2491050016314.7%23417.4%46
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 174940016510.3%22522.7%33
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MATT MURRAY (All Games)7622219989.6%15-1+3.45-1-0+34-2
MATT MURRAY (Road Games)4311610187.1%03-0+3.23-0-0+32-1
MATT MURRAY (Last 4 Games)4413111990.8%04-0+4.24-0-0+43-1
ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)22473880.9%00-2-20-2-0-22-0
ANTTI NIEMI (Road Games)22473880.9%00-2-20-2-0-22-0
ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)22473880.9%00-2-20-2-0-22-0

TAMPA BAY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-2-0+4.16-2+4.15-33.630.02.935.9
Team Stats (Home Games)4-0-0+44-0+43-
Last 5 Games4-1-0+3.24-1+3.22-
TAMPA BAY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)829101171124012.1%33824.2%49
Team Stats (Home Games)4163751112612.7%15533.3%27
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5167720014511.0%19526.3%29
Stats Against (All Games) 23787112878.0%33618.2%41
Stats Against (Home Games) 11353001318.4%16318.7%21
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 12443111776.8%21314.3%20
TAMPA BAY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
PETER BUDAJ (All Games)11343088.2%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
PETER BUDAJ (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)11343088.2%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY (All Games)7725323592.9%06-1+5.26-1-0+54-3
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY (Home Games)4413112091.6%04-0+44-0-0+43-1
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY (Last 4 Games)4414313695.1%04-0+4.24-0-0+41-3
Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 3.53,  TAMPA BAY 3.61
10/4/2017ST LOUIS4-5L0, -180L5.5 unO
10/5/2017at CHICAGO1-10L0, +110L5.5 ovO
10/7/2017NASHVILLE4-0W0, -155W6 evU
10/11/2017at WASHINGTON3-2W0, +115W6 evU
10/12/2017at TAMPA BAY4-5L0, +130L6.5 unO
10/14/2017FLORIDA4-3W0, -165W5.5 ovO
10/17/2017at NY RANGERS5-4W0, -130W6 evO
10/20/2017at FLORIDA4-3W0, -120W6 evO
10/21/2017at TAMPA BAY 
10/28/2017at MINNESOTA 
10/29/2017at WINNIPEG 
11/1/2017at EDMONTON 

TAMPA BAY - Schedule
10/6/2017FLORIDA5-3W0, -170W5.5 unO
10/7/2017at FLORIDA4-5L0, -110L5.5 evO
10/9/2017WASHINGTON4-3W0, -120W5.5 ovO
10/12/2017PITTSBURGH5-4W0, -150W6.5 unO
10/14/2017ST LOUIS2-1W0, -150W5.5 unU
10/16/2017at DETROIT3-2W0, -130W5.5 ovU
10/17/2017at NEW JERSEY4-5L0, -105L5.5 ovO
10/19/2017at COLUMBUS2-0W0, +125W5.5 ovU
10/24/2017at CAROLINA 
10/30/2017at FLORIDA 
PITTSBURGH: Key additions: D Matt Hunwick (Maple Leafs), F Ryan Reaves (trade with Blues), G Antti Niemi (Stars)
Key Losses: G Marc-Andre Fleury (Golden Knights), F Nick Bonino (Predators), D Trevor Daley (Red Wings), F Chris Kunitz (Lightning), D Ron Hainsey (Maple Leafs), F Matt Cullen (Wild), D Mark Streit (Canadiens)
OUTLOOK: A lot of familiar faces are gone, but there's probably not a better team stocked from top to bottom for another run. They have elite playoff experience, elite goal scorers and soon-to-be elite up-and-comers. The bar is high.
TAMPA BAY: Key additions: F Chris Kunitz (Penguins), D Dan Girardi (Rangers), D Mikhail Sergachev (trade with Canadiens)
Key Losses: F Jonathan Drouin (trade with Canadiens)
OUTLOOK: Even with the slightest of defensive improvements, they should be serious contenders. Steven Stamkos is back with a high-powered offense, and the front office has its future core locked up. Another top-10 scoring year is in the cards.
Penguins, Lightning hope for more control

TAMPA, Fla. -- The last time the Pittsburgh Penguins skated in to Amalie Arena to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning, a track meet broke out with nine combined goals scored.

Both teams hope to play a more controlled game this time around when the two teams meet Saturday night for the second time in 10 days.

Tampa Bay (6-1-1) entered Friday night fifth in the league, averaging 3.63 goals per game through the opening two weeks. The Penguins, which rallied to beat Florida 4-3 on Friday, were right behind at 3.57 goals per game.

With high-skilled players on both teams, expecting a low-scoring, defensive battle might be a bit much to expect, even if the mantra heading in to the game is to slow things down.

"You have two highly talented teams, lots of skill and lots of speed, so that's a lot easier said than done," Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness said. "Both teams are effective on the rush and usually when you are effective off the rush and you go down and create a chance, you usually don't get the retrieval and you are giving up a chance the other way. That's how the teams are built."

The Lightning feature the league's top two scorers in Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov (who missed practice on Friday for maintenance purposes) with 14 and 13 points, respectively. The Penguins, who scored three power-play goals in the victory against Florida, has the trio of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel.

Sometimes when the horses get loose, it's a difficult task to rein them back in.

"It's a very entertaining game for the fans and the players enjoy playing in those games," Bowness said. "Now, that being said, do we want to get in a run-and-gun with them? No. (But) you want to give your better players minutes and your better players are the guys going end-to-end and you have to let them go. Sometimes you just let it go and see how it works out and how it's going to progress."

The Penguins come into Saturday's game on a three-game winning streak and needed their offense to come through against Florida, falling behind by two goals in the first period before rallying for victory with Conor Sheary providing the winning goal late in the third.

And just like the Lightning, even with the high scoring potential on any given night, being involved in high-octane hockey is not the preference.

"We don't want to be a team that trades chance for chance because you can't control your destiny if you play that way," Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan told tribtotalmedia.com. "You'll win some games but you are going to lose some, too. We have to be more of a team that controls territory, that controls the momentum, that has more of a defensive conscience in mind so that we have a better opportunity to control the outcome."

With Pittsburgh once again coming in to face the Lightning on the second half of a back-to-back, avoiding a track meet to try to pick up a victory for the first time this season in the back-half game will help the Penguins' cause.

"It's another challenge," Sullivan said. "We have to find a way to have success in those back-to-back games. We've done it in the past. We're capable. A lot of it is mind over matter. For me, when you play back-to-back games, it's more about will than about skill. It's playing a smart, efficient game and making sure you don't beat yourself."

Last Updated: 9/26/2018 12:37:02 AM EST

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