Penguins vs Lightning Prediction: Odds for NHL Opening Night

The Tampa Bay Lightning are set to open their season against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are set to open their season against the Pittsburgh Penguins. / Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021-22 NHL season is finally here! Away with the shortened schedule and the weird divisions, we’re back to full action and a normal regular season.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, who will enter the year as back-to-back Stanley Cup champions, are set to open up the season with a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Tampa Bay will begin its campaign to win its third straight Stanley Cup, and the Lightning are second on the odds list at WynnBET to get it done at +625.

The Penguins will look to rebound after an early exit in three straight postseasons. WynnBET has their odds to win the Stanley Cup set at +3000.

Here are the odds via WynnBET for the opening game of the 2021-22 regular season.

Penguins vs Lightning Odds and Total


Penguins +170

Lightning -190


Penguins +1.5 (-155)

Lightning -1.5 (+135)


6.0 (Over -115/Under -105)

Penguins vs Lightning Betting Trends

  • The Lightning are 5-1 in their last six games vs Penguins
  • The Lightning are 6-0 in their last six home games
  • The UNDER is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these teams

Penguins vs Lightning Prediction and Pick

I'm not going to put my money on the Penguins with Sidney Crosby ruled out of the opening game as he continues to recover from a wrist injury. Betting on an aging Penguins team, on the road against the defending champions on their banner night, just can’t be justified with Crosby out of the lineup.

It’s a lot of juice to lay on an NHL game, so if you want to get aggressive, the -1.5 puckline is available at +135 which means you’d need the Lightning to win by at least two goals to cash your bet.

I’m not going to be that aggressive on opening night, give me the Lightning on the moneyline.

Pick: Lightning -190

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