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Pittsburgh Face Chance to Go Top of NHL

17/11/2011
The Pittsburgh Penguins will tonight be presented with the chance to overtake the Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League’s overall standings when they visit Tampa Bay Lightning.

The game should make for an interesting clash as both sides boast similar form on their travels and at home respectively, with the Lightning having won five games out of six on home ice while the Penguins boast five from ten on the road.

The visitors have also won seven games home and away in their last ten – with their hosts just one loss behind with six wins from ten – meaning that this match is far closer than the two sides respective league standings would initially suggest.

This fact is clearly represented in the respective odds on both teams tonight, with www.intertops.com offering 1.87 on favourites the Penguins as Tampa Bay sit just behind on 1.95 despite the two teams being separated by 21 places in the league.

Interestingly, despite the relatively even nature of this match, the Penguins are still 7.00 to lift the Stanley Cup at the end of the season, while Tampa Bay lag behind at a prohibitive 19.00. Clearly it is the Lightning’s form on their travels that undermines their play-off credentials, but it would take a brave man to bet against them here.
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