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(36-25-11) Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (41-26-5)
Date: Tuesday, March 22nd
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Fla.
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Lightning -160
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5
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The Detroit Red Wings continue their road trip as they head to Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning. While The Wings are trying to keep their playoff streak in tact, the Lightning are trying to catch the Florida Panthers for the Atlantic Division lead.
The Red Wings overcame a 3-1 deficit against the Florida Panthers Saturday night and left with a 5-3 victory.
The win gave Detroit a little bit of breathing room as the team clings to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
It also helped reassure the Wings that they could still win games on the road. Before winning their last two road games, the Red Wings had dropped eight of their last 10 away from home, including seven in a row to Eastern Conference opponents.
The Wings are mediocre both offensively and defensively, and their -6 goal differential is the worst among current Eastern Conference playoff teams.
Goaltender Jimmy Howard picked up the last two wins for Detroit, and it’s still unknown whether he or Petr Mrazek will suit up against the Lightning.
The Lightning are within striking distance of the Atlantic Division lead and can keep the pressure on the first-place Florida Panthers with a win in this game.
Tampa Bay has fallen off the wagon after its recent nine-game winning streak. Since then, the Lightning are just 2-5 SU and are averaging less than 2 goals per game.
The Lightning have really struggled all season to maximize their offensive potential, but they still have big Ben Bishop in net to stymie opposing offenses.
Bishop’s 2.02 GAA is 1st among NHL goalies and his .928 save percentage ranks 2nd.
The key for Tampa Bay will be getting its offense back in sync.
The Lightning averaged 3.77 goals per game over their nine-game winning streak and could use some of that against a Detroit team that’s clinging to its postseason life.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Red Wings are 14-7-3 vs. Atlantic Division.
- Red Wings are 18-13-5 on the road.
- Lightning are 21-11-3 at home.
- Lightning are 25-16-3 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Lightning are 10-4 in their last 14 home games.
Free Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Hockey Prediction
The Wings have to be feeling confident after that impressive come-from-behind victory against the Panthers, but Ben Bishop doesn’t blow leads like that.
Tampa Bay is still very much in play for the Atlantic Divisional crown, and I think the Lightning will right the ship at home after their recent struggles.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Tampa Bay ML
This one should be a gritty defensive battle, but I’ll side with Tampa Bay in a close one.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Tampa Bay 3 – Detroit 1
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