Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Predators vs Lightning NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
(11-16-1) Nashville Predators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (19-5-2)
Date: Monday, March 15th, 2021
Time: 4:00 PM
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Predators +177 | Lightning -302
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Lightning -1.5 (-118)
NHL Betting Total: O/U 5.5
The Tampa Bay Lightning will not make things easy on the Predators, as they look to take back the top spot in the division from the red hot Florida Panthers, so we should see the very best of the Lightning on Monday.
The Predators have faced the absolute cream of the crop in the Central Division with series against the Lightning, Panthers and Hurricanes all in their last 7 games. Unfortunately for Preds fans that strength of schedule certainly shows, as they have only won one of their last 7 games with that sole win coming against the Dallas Stars who currently sit second to last in the division.
Despite the Predators not scoring a ton of goals this year Filip Forsberg has emerged as the main force up front having already scored 10 goals to go along with 17 assists. He should be ready for quite the challenge here, as the Tampa Bay Lightning have one of the best goalies and one of the best blue-lines in the entire league.
Pekke Rinne is slated to be the starter for this match and although he has not been himself this year and does not come in with the greatest stats, we all know what he can do when he is able to get in the zone, so a huge performance from their veteran goalie could be one of the ways the Predators win this one as a large underdog.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning are getting hot at the right time as they have picked up the W in 9 of there last 11 games with the last game being played being especially impressive, as they downed the Preds in the first half of this series.
They were able to put up 6 goals in that game which is not typical of the Lightning, as they prefer a more defensive and fundamentally sound style of hockey and I would look for them to go back to implementing that kind of a plan, as the coaching staff in Tampa will not be happy that they gave up 3 goals to the Preds last game.
Andrei Vasilevskiy is projected to be the starter and he brings so much to this Tampa team, as he looks like the favorite to take home the Vezina, as he comes into this game with stellar numbers with a 1.85 GAA and a .934% save percentage to go along with a ridiculous record of 17-3-1.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Predators are 9-23 in their last 32 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Predators are 1-4 in their last 5 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
- Predators are 0-6 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Lightning are 5-1 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Lightning are 42-10 in their last 52 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
- Lightning are 9-3 in their last 12 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Lightning are 39-15 in their last 54 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
Free Nashville Predators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Prediction:
I really believe the Lightning are going to be able to shut down the Predators, as I can only see the Lightning coaches being rather annoyed about the relatively poor defensive performance this Tampa team displayed last time. I would look for a lot of motivation here, and strong fundamentals from the Stanley Cup champs, so look for them to take this one in a low scoring, but controlled manner.
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