Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Bruins vs. Lightning NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Sunday, August 23rd
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto ON
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Bruins -110 Lightning -110
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Lightning -1.5 (+230)
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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We are getting the inevitable Boston vs. Tampa Bay series a round early thanks to the seeding round in the restart. These are the consensus top two teams in the East who will meet in the semis instead of the Finals.
Boston had a rough restart going 0-3 in the seeding round which is why they get the Lightning right now. This matchup was nearly inevitable, so they might as well get it out of the way.
Boston was the best team in hockey during the regular season, already amassing 100 points with 12 games to go before the pandemic struck.
The Bruins scored just 4 goals total in the 3-game seeding round but started to find their ways vs. the Hurricanes with 3+ goals in 4 of 5. Boston did have a top 10 scoring offense during the season with 3.2 goals / game.
The Bruins know where their bread is buttered and that’s on the defensive end. Boston led the NHL in 2.4 goals against / game. The team has had some work to do with goaltender Tuukka Rask leaving the bubble to be with his young daughter.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Can Tampa Bay’s offense get to Jaroslav Halak in net for the Bruins? Halak is a real hit-or-miss goaltender, giving up 7 goals on 48 shots in two starts, but then 2 goals on 54 shots in his other two.
The Lightning were tested by a pesky Columbus team in round one with all four Tampa Bay wins coming by one goal and two in OT. Boston getting +1.5 goals costs -280 though.
Tampa Bay did find their #1 scoring offense last game in winning 5-4 over Columbus. With Rask gone, the Lightning also have a goaltending edge even though Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 41 shots on Wednesday.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Bruins are 1-6 last 7 head to head meetings
- Underdog is 5-1 last 6 head to head meetings
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins NHL Prediction:
The Bruins have allowed 8 goals the last two games vs. Tampa Bay (both losses) and that was with Rask between the pipes. Boston is not in a great spot Sunday night.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Lightning -110
Value on both teams obviously at -110.
**NOTE** – The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers will begin Saturday, Aug. 1 in Florida and Toronto. The top four teams in both conferences will play a 3-game round robin for seeding in the First Round. The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers will be best-of-5 series with the losing teams being entered into Phase 2 of the NHL Draft Lottery.
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