Free Game 5 Prediction: Red Wings vs Lightning Odds
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(41-30-11) Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (46-31-5)
Date: Thursday, April 21st
Round 1: Game 5
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay, FL
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Tampa Bay -160
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NHL Betting Total: 5
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The Lightning and Red Wings head back to the sunshine state for game 5 with Tampa holding a commanding 3-1 series lead. Detroit has a chance to exact some revenge for last year but it’s an uphill climb.
Detroit Red Wings
The Wings are just a few goals from being up 3-1 in this series, dropping two of their three losses by identical scores of 3-2.
Both of those games were tied 2-2 heading into the third period, and both times it was the Lightning getting the deciding goal.
Detroit knows they can hang around with this Tampa team but they just haven’t been able to find that extra gear when needed to get themselves across the finish line.
In elimination games and in playoffs in general, the first goal is so crucial, but in this series you might be able to throw that out the window as three of the four games have been tied in the final frame (although the team that scored first HAS won every game thus far).
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning found themselves in a similar situation that the Wings are in now, one year ago in this same matchup.
Tampa had to go on the road facing elimination and rallied to win two straight games and win the series in seven games.
The Lightning have been here, they should know what to expect from the Wings, and I’ve long held the belief that a 3-1 series lead for the home team is the most nerve-wracking.
You know you’re going to get an opponent that is going to throw everything at you, and a loss to push the series to 3-2 and then go back out on the road is unsettling to any team.
Tampa should not rest on this 3-1 lead, they’re going to want to wrap the series up on Thursday and start planning for round two. A loss in game 5 can quickly turn this into a seven game series.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Under is 12-2-2 in DET last 16 Wed. games.
- DET are 2-7 in their last 9 Wed. games.
- Over is 6-2-3 in DET last 11 overall.
- TB are 61-30 in their last 91 home games.
- DET are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Tampa Bay.
Free Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Hockey Prediction
Detroit played extremely well in game 3 when they were down 2-o in the series, knowing that a loss could spell their end.
Do they have another game like that in them? My thought is no, as Tampa is just the better team and they know how to close out a series.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Lightning
Tampa will continue their trend of finding the scoreboard first, and despite a Wings push will come out on top.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Tampa Bay 2- Detroit 1
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