Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Red Wings vs Lightning NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
(2-7-2) Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (6-1-1)
Date: Friday, February 5th
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa FL
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Red Wings +275 | Lightning -350
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Lightning -1.5 (-140)
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
Things didn’t go so well for the Red Wings in this matchup on Wednesday afternoon, as they were already down 3-0 just 5:00 into the meeting with TB. As expected the Lightning held on 5-1.
That game did push the total towards the ‘over’ though, something rare when these teams meet up in Tampa Bay as 5 of the last 6 have gone under. Total or puck line is really the only wager in this one.
Detroit Red Wings
It was a bad loss for Detroit on Wednesday, but expected as they are last in the Central while Tampa Bay sits in first place. The Wings played a couple tough one score losses to the Panthers in the games prior, but were blown out here.
Detroit managed just 16 shots in Wednesday’s loss, which is kind of concerning because what are you waiting for down 3-0 in the first 5 minutes? You need volume to get pucks past Andrei Vasilevskiy.
The low scoring game on Wednesday was nothing new for Detroit though, as they rank 30th in the NHL in goals at just 1.9 per game, and are 29th in shots on goal. Friday’s rematch is not very optimistic.
And then there’s the goaltending. Thomas Greiss got peppered for 3 goals on just 6 shots before he got the hook in the first game. Calvin Pickard did better, stopping 19 of 21 shots.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay is in a great spot to absolutely dominate Detroit again on Friday. They can go all out (not that they have to) with 2 days off upcoming before a visit to Nashville on Monday.
The big names got it done for Tampa Bay on Wednesday, with Viktor Hedman and Brayden Point scoring goals while Steven Stamkos added a helper. That trio has all scored in three straight games.
Of course Vasilevskiy was no slouch vs. one of the worst offenses in the league last time out either. The elite net minder is actually probably mad that he let an Anthony Mantha shot slip by in the 3rd for Detroit’s only score.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Red Wings are 12-50 last 62 overall
- Red Wings are 9-42 last 51 road games
- Over is 4-0 in Lightning last 4 home games
- Red Wings are 4-23 last 27 meetings
- Red Wings are 5-21 last 26 in Tampa Bay
Free Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Prediction:
There’s probably going to be a pretty similar result on Friday as when the teams met up on Wednesday. Detroit has no offense, Tampa Bay has no reason to get complacent with two days off upcoming.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Under 5.5
Detroit buckled down defensively (somewhat) after the first 5 minutes on Wednesday.
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