On Thursday evening, the NHL's regular season continues as the defending Stanley Cup Champions visit Tampa Bay for a matchup with the Lightning. The #Pittsburgh #Penguins are off to a decent start for their latest season, trailing just one team in their conference. The Lightning are looking to try to regain the success they had from several seasons ago when they were able to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. Here's a look at tonight's matchup with the latest odds to win, goals total, start time, television channel, and how to watch the Penguins vs. Lightning live streaming online.

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For the 2017-18 NHL season, Pittsburgh is off to a 2-1-1 start and are sitting at second in the Metropolitan Division.

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The team recently defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2. As of this report, Pittsburgh is fifth in the league in power play percentage (27.8 percent) and third in penalty kill percent (94.7 percent). Team captain Sidney Crosby has racked up six total points, mostly from his five assists so far.

As far as the #Tampa Bay Lightning go, the team is 2-1-0 with four points for the season. Perhaps the most impressive ranking for the team is that they are fourth in goals per game with 4.3 per contest. Brayden Point is appropriately tied for third in the league in total points with seven so far for his NHL season. He's picked up four assists and three goals to achieve that distinction so look for him to possibly factor into tonight's game as the home team tries to fight off the defending champs.

Oddsmakers believe that the home team holds the advantage too.

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Vegas Insider is listing the Tampa Bay Lightning as -145 favorites on the moneyline at multiple sportsbooks. The visiting Pittsburgh Penguins are +125 to +130 at different books, while the over/under goals total for the game is at six. That's the most for any NHL game on the listing as of this report as the rest of the games are being given 5.5 goals for their totals.

How to watch it live

Tonight's NHL game featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning begins at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. It will be featured on multiple television sources including SN360, SN1, TVA Sports, SUN, and ATTSN-PT.

To watch tonight's Penguins vs. Lightning game live streaming online, fans should check out NHLTV. This game will be featured as the NHL website's free streaming game of the day. More details are available at the NHL.TV website or on compatible NHLTV apps for various devices.