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Hockey Bet: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Hockey bet action Wednesday includes an important game for the Penguins as they host the Lighting in a must win bet on hockey affair.

Hockey bet handicappers are surprised to find that Tampa Bay has actually posted a bet on hockey profit despite their terrible reputation.  The Tampa Bay Lightning had an overall hockey bet mark of 17-23-3-7 straight up and 26-24 against the hockey odds.

The Lightning ranked in the bottom third of the league for both offense and defense as they ranked 25th overall on offense and just 23rd overall on defense.  Tampa Bay had decent hockey bet success as of late, however, as they went 6-4 from January 9 through January 30.

Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier, as is always the case, have been the main hockey bet assets for the Bolts.  St. Louis led the team in scoring with 48 points based on 18 goals and 30 assists while Lecavalier had 22 goals to lead the team along with 24 assists.

Mike Smith has actually been a hockey bet strength in goal as he posted a .916 save percentage.  In over/under bet on hockey action Tampa Bay went 14-12 over the total in road action.  While the Pittsburgh Penguins are in playoff contention they have not played up to the hockey bet expectations of the pre season.

The Penguins, as a young defending conference champion were expected by hockey bet experts to be one of the top teams in the eastern conference but it has not turned out that way.  Pittsburgh has been an inconsistent team to bet on hockey with this season and since they are such a popular team with gamblers this can become quite costly.

Pittsburgh had an overall hockey bet record of 24-21-2-3 straight up and 23-27 against the hockey odds.  At home the Penguins had a disappointing hockey bet record of 24-21-2-3 with an over/under mark of 11-14 under the total.

Pittsburgh’s hockey bet strength was their 9th ranked offense but their power play was ranked just 22nd.  Sidney Crosby has been less than stellar as of late.

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