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(16-14-7) Nashville Predators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (19-16-4)
Date: Thursday, January 5
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay, FL
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Lightning -120
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NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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The Nashville Predators will be down south on Thursday to take the ice against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Amalie Arena.
Nashville will be looking for their second win in the previous three games after falling 1-2 in overtime against Montreal on Tuesday night.
The Lightning will be looking to rebound from a 4-6 loss at home against Winnipeg their last time on the ice.
After jumping ahead 1-0 in the second period against the Canadiens on Tuesday, Nashville gave up the tying goal in the third and went on to lose at home in overtime.
The lone goal of the night for the Predators came off the stick of Kevin Fiala at 19:06 in the second period, putting his total at six on the year.
Ryan Johansen currently leads the team with 27 points this season.
The Predators have been able to put the puck in the net for an average of 2.8 goals per game this year, putting them at 13th in the league.
They have been strong on the power play, converting on 20 percent of their opportunities.
Defending the net has been an issue at times throughout the year for Nashville who is currently giving up an average of 2.7 goals per contest to their opponents, placing them at 15th in the NHL.
They have been able to keep their opponents out of the net 81.7 percent of the time the Preds have been forced to skate a man down.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning were able to score on Tuesday night, the issue was keeping the Jets out of the goal. After making it look like they were going to mess around and come back, Tampa Bay went on to fall 4-6 at home against Winnipeg.
Matthew Peca was able to light up the lantern at 3:43 in the second period, knotting the game up at one with his first goal of the season.
Ondrej Palat found the net at 3:26 in the third, making it a 2-4 game. Nikita Kucherov was able to score at 12:22 and again at 17:29 in the third, but it wasn’t enough to come away with the win.
Tampa Bay has been able to score an average of 2.8 goals per contest this season, placing them at 9th in the NHL in scoring.
They have been able to slide the puck in the net on 23.8 percent of their power play opportunities, good enough for third in the league.
On the defensive end of the ice, the Lightning are giving up an average of 2.8 goals per game.
They are 23rd in the league on the penalty kill, giving up a goal 20.3 percent of the time.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Nashville is 5-5 in their previous 10 on the road.
- Nashville is 5-3-1 on the road following a loss
- The total has gone over in 5 of the previous 10 for Tampa Bay
- Tampa Bay is 11-7-0-1 this season following a loss
- Tampa Bay is 7-2-0 at home this season after a loss.
Free Nashville Predators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Hockey Prediction:
Tampa has been sharp with the stick in their last four home games, scoring a total of 13 goals. The issue will be keeping the Predators out of the net, who scored four goals in their last game on the road.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Tampa Bay -120
I think playing on their home ice gives the Lightning the edge in this one.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Nashville 2 – Tampa Bay 3
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