Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Red Wings vs Lightning NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
(2-6-2) Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (5-1-1)
Date: Wednesday, February 3rd
Time: 5:30 PM ET
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa FL
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Red Wings +255 | Lightning -310
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Lightning -1.5 (-125)
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
If the Red Wings can pull off a win in this Wednesday early start game (5:30 ET) it will be very lucrative as they are +255 on the moneyline. That’s easier said than done against the defending champs however.
The Lightning have avoided the Stanley Cup hangover and are surging towards the top of the Central with 11 points, tied with Florida. The Red Wings played those Panthers close over the weekend though.
Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings are ravaged by COVID protocols and have 5 players on the injury report for Wednesday due to illness. It’s no surprise then that the team has dropped their last six and have just 6 points total.
That doesn’t mean Detroit isn’t playing hard lately though. Most recently they dropped 3-2 defeats to Florida on consecutive nights, with Saturday’s tilt going into OT.
The Red Wings are the lowest scoring team in the league putting up just 2.0 goals/game. That puts a lot of pressure on Thomas Greiss in net, and he has allowed 3+ goals in 5 of his last 6 starts.
It will likely be Greiss getting the nod, as Jonathan Bernier is battling through an upper body injury. Bernier has 9 goals allowed in his last two appearances anyways though.
Tampa Bay Lightning
This one looks like a high scoring Tampa Bay win, and even a puck line bet seems to have value at -125. Tampa Bay fires off the 3rd most shots in the league, a positive vs. a team struggling in net.
Tampa Bay is also red hot, earning points in 6 of 7 games this season. Steven Stamkos has picked up the slack with Nikita Kucherov sidelined for the regular season, notching 9 points in 7 games.
These two teams will also meet on Thursday night, so Tampa Bay could get creative in net. Andrei Vasilevskiy is an iron man that has made every start this year, but it would be a great time for the Lightning to get Curtis McElhinney some reps.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Red Wings are 0-6 last 6 overall
- Under is 6-2 in Red Wings last 8 overall
- Under is 7-3-1 in Red Wings last 11 road games
- Lightning are 5-2 last 7 overall
- Red Wings are 4-22 last 26 head to head meetings
- Under is 5-0 last 5 head to head in Tampa
Free Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Prediction:
One would think Tampa Bay has a pretty solid shot of taking this one. There’s no value in the -312 line for the favorites however. This one all comes down to how many the Lightning score.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Under 5.5
The last five meetings between these two in Tampa have been low scoring.
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