Free NHL Playoffs Prediction: Devils vs Lightning NHL Betting Odds
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(44-29-5) New Jersey Devils vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (54-23-3)
2018 NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference Round 1
NHL Series Odds: Lightning -350 | Devils +275
NHL Stanley Cup Futures Odds: Lightning +500, Devils +4000
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It’s an Eastern Conference showdown that kicks off on Thursday at the Amalie Arena. The New Jersey Devils make the trip to Tampa to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.
On paper, these teams look very different and looks like a huge mismatch. The Lightning have actually lost all three games against the Devils though, so there is a chance this could be very competitive.
New Jersey Devils
For the New Jersey Devils they had a very up and down season and they had to have a strong finish to their season to even make the playoffs.
Coming into this game they have won seven of the last ten games and they got at least one point in eight of those ten games.
For the Devils they aren’t a great offensive team, but they seem to make the big plays when it counts. They really count on Taylor Hall who finished in 6th place in the NHL in scoring this year and if they want to pull the upset he is going to need the series of his life.
In the defensive zone they aren’t a great team, but they seem to get the job done when it counts. On the season they are giving up 31.9 shots on goal which is high, but only giving up 2.93 goals per game.
To win this game they are going to need to slow down the shots on goals by the Lightning. The Lightning usually take advantage of their chances and the Devils need to try and limit those.
Tampa Bay Lightning
On the other side of this matchup is the Tampa Bay Lightning who come into this series as big favorites and they actually have the second-best odds to win the Stanley Cup, right behind the Nashville Predators.
For the Lightning they have looked like a contender all season, and most of that has to do with how well the offense plays.
Coming into this game they are averaging 3.5 goals per game, while putting 32.7 shots on goal per game. In this series that offense is going to need to be good and they need to try and put as many shots on goal as possible.
In the defensive zone the Lightning are a lot like the Devils. They don’t give up a ton of goals but they let up a ton of shots on goal.
To win this series the offense is going to need to be good but they can’t let the defense get away from them. If the defense struggles there is a good chance they lose this series.
Free New Jersey Devils vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Series Prediction:
The Lightning are the heavy favorites coming in but the Devils have dominated them this year winning all three games.
4* Free NHL Series Betting Pick: Devils in Six
The better team in this series is the Lightning but I don’t think it’s going to be easy for them. The Lightning are going to have to battle the Devils and I see this series going at least six games.
In the end though, the Lightning are the better team and that will lead to a victory.
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