The San Jose Sharks got a big and convincing 4-0 win over the St. Louis Blues last night.
That’s going to be a demoralizing one for the Blues as the Sharks were firing on all cylinders – especially on the special teams. Blues now know that the more physical the get, the more it will cost them and they’re going to have to try and bounce back strong in Game 3.
Speaking of Game 3s we head to Tampa tonight where the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Over 6 games at home in the playoffs Tampa have scored 3.33 goals and conceded 1.67 which is a pretty solid ratio. On the road however the Penguins have the 2nd best defensive record in the playoffs behind Anaheim, and score a top 5 2.80 goals per game.
What may be crucial are the shots against stats, with the Penguins allowing the lowest on average per game on the road with just 25.2. A lot of that is protecting Murray – something they don’t do at home as much where shots against is 33.9.
Graeme: Against the Red Wings, the Lightning won all 3 games at home. The also won 2 of the 3 at home against the Islanders. The Penguins however only won 1 road game against the Capitals – although did win both road games against the Rangers.
For me – I gotta take the Tampa Bay Lightning. They’ve won one and matched up well against the Penguins in Game 2. Both of those games were on the road. Now they’re at home with a 2.15 price. To me that’s the correct money decision.
Lightning to Win.
Penguins vs Lightning
Scott Stralman had a nice return to action scoring a goal in the 1st. Crosby finally scored for the Penguins which was his first goal since the first round and also his first career OT goal in the playoffs. The Penguins have out shot the Lightning 76-41 so Tampa will need Vasilevskiy to continue his strong play until Bishop comes back. This is a tough game to call. The Penguins have been great on the road going 11-3 over their last 14 road games. So I’m going with the Pens in this one.