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(14-9-4) Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (21-7-1)
Date: Thursday, December 6th
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay, FL
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Lightning – 172
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds:
NHL Betting Total: 6
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The Tampa Bay Lightning sit atop the Eastern Conference and enjoy one of the best home ice advantages in the NHL with an 11-4 record at Amalie Arena this season. The Lightning have won four straight and 7 of the last 8 and are expected to get another solid victory Thursday night vs. Boston. The Bruins are +150 ‘dogs as they come in having lost 3 of their last 4.
The Bruins aren’t exactly a pushover in Thursday night’s matchup as Boston is in 4th in the East although 11 points behind TB already. Boston will be playing their 2nd road game in 3 nights in this contest but one positive is that both games were in Florida. the Bruins are just 2-5 over their last 7 road games and have almost no offense right now being held to 2 goals or less in 8 of 9 games.
The O/U for this game is set at 6. With Boston’s issues scoring lately that means oddsmakers are expecting a lot of points from the Lightning offense. The Bruins Tuukka Rask in net and he’s been OK with a 4-4-2 record over his last 10. Unfortunately for Boston fans, Tampa Bay has the #1 scoring team in the league and are on a nice goal streak lately.
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What makes the Lightning so dangerous, especially as a puck line bet, is that they can win a shootout or a defensive struggle. Tampa Bay has scored 5+ goals in four straight games. The ability to conquer a defensive shootout has diminished a bit as G Andrei Vasilevskiy is out until late December with a foot injury. Vasilevskiy was 9-3-1 with a .927 save percentage before going down after a November 10th start.
In net trying to get the Lightning their 5th straight win is Louis Domingue. He’s been a welcome site with an 8-2 record over his last 10. Granted, Domingue will give up some goals 3+ in 7 of 10, but the Tampa Bay offense is so good they can make up for some inefficiencies in net.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Bruins are 2-6 their last 8 road games
- Lightning are 35-16 their last 51 overall
- Lightning are 48-20 their last 68 home games
Free Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Prediction:
Hiccups are possible during any game across all professional sports but you have to like Tampa Bay’s chances for a big win tonight at home. The Bruins aren’t horrible, but the Lightning are simply on a different level right now. Tampa Bay has been getting great goaltending and they also have plenty of offensive talent to dominate this contest.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Tampa Bay Puck Line (-1.5)
Domingue will be solid in net yet again while Boston will give up a couple to Stamkos, Kucherov, and Co.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Tampa Bay 3 – Boston 11
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