Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Bruins vs Lightning Odds
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(5-4-0) Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (6-4-0)
Date: Thursday, November 3
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay, FL
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Lightning -168
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5
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Atlantic Division foes will face off on Thursday night when the Boston Bruins pay a visit to the Tampa Bay Lightning the sunshine state.
The two are off to similar starts to the season with Tampa sitting just two points ahead of the Bruins with one more game played.
By Tampa’s standards this is a slow start, but for a Bruins team that isn’t expected to do much this year, they can’t be too disappointed with their first nine games.
As mentioned, this is a Bruins team that has missed the playoffs two straight years and has, for all intents and purposes, not improved at all heading into 2016-17.
The forward group flipped skill for grit in letting Loui Eriksson walk and bringing in David Backes, who has fit in quite nicely with the rough and tumble playing style the Bruins are known for, though he is on the IR currently with an elbow injury.
Brad Marchand has continued where he left off at the World Cup of Hockey where he scored the gold medal winning goal, and leads the team with 11 points.
Thankfully for the Bruins, Marchand has been rolling to start the season as the other usual suspects are silent.
Patrice Bergeron has just one goal for one point in six games, David Krejci has managed just three assists in nine games and the guy who’s supposed to lead the charge offensively from the defence corps, Torey Krug, has zero points and is -5 to this point.
Tuukka Rask has allowed just six goals in his last five starts, with a shutout mixed in there and hasn’t allowed more than one goal since his first game of the season when he was beaten three times by the Blue Jackets.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Firepower is once again the calling card of Tampa, as they’ve scored 33 goals already through just 10 games this season.
Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov sit tied for second in league scoring with 12 points each and that duo has been causing nightmares most nights for opposing defences and goalies.
Defensively however, Tampa still seems to be missing something.
Despite their goal scoring prowess they sit just 6-4-0 and have allowed 30 goals in 10 games. Ben Bishop hasn’t been good at all thus far with a 4-3-0 record to go along with his 3.30 GAA and .891 SV%.
Bishop is really the key to this team having success as the Lightning can score but they will give up their share of opportunities in their own end.
When Bishop is on his game and frustrating the opposition, Tampa is very hard to beat as they can pile up a lot of goals in a hurry.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Over is 9-3-6 in BOS last 18 Thu. games.
- Under is 6-2 in BOS last 8 overall.
- BOS are 3-7 in their last 10 games following a win.
- Over is 5-2-2 in TB last 9 games following a win.
- Over is 9-4-2 in TB last 15 vs. Eastern Conference.
- TB are 9-4 in their last 13 games following a win.
- Over is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings in Tampa Bay.
- BOS are 49-22-5 in the last 76 meetings.
Free Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Hockey Prediction:
The teams split their four contests last year with the road team winning every game.
This is Boston’s fourth straight contest away from the TD Bank North Garden and they may be ready for some home cooking but I expect them to empty the tank before they head back north. Tampa is 3-1-0 at home this year so far.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Bruins +152
The Bruins have had Tampa’s number at Amalie Arena and the Lightning are returning home from a lengthy six game road trip.
Always be wary of teams coming home after a long road swing as the pattern is for them to be flat their first game back.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Boston 3 – Tampa Bay 2
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