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NHL Playoffs Betting Tip: Can the Lightning, Penguins Avoid Being Swept?


Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins are down 0-3 in their opening round series.
  • Using Bet Labs, we analyze how teams on the verge of being swept have performed in Game 4.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins are on the verge of being swept in the first round of the NHL Playoffs. Few expected the Lightning and Pens to be in this situation as each were favored in their opening round series.

Tampa Bay dominated the regular season finishing with 62 wins — tied for the most victories in league history. No Presidents’ Trophy winner has ever been swept in the opening round of the playoffs.

Pittsburgh entered the playoffs having won two of the past three Stanley Cups. This is the 29th playoff series for the Penguins since drafting Sidney Crosby — the team has been swept only once (2013 Conference Finals) and it has never exited the first round after four games.

Finding the back of the net has been an issue for both clubs. The Lightning have been outscored 12-2 since taking an early 3-0 lead in Game 1 and Pittsburgh has held the lead for just about three minutes in the first three games.

Game 4 is Tuesday night for the Lightning (7 p.m. ET, CNBC) and Penguins (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN). The Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders have their brooms out, so can the Lightning and Pens avoid being swept?

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