Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Lightning vs. Bruins NHL Odds
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(13-5-4) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins (12-8-0)
Date: Saturday December 4th
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: TD Garden, Boston
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Lightning +105 Bruins -125 (Bet Now!)
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Lightning +1.5 -250 Bruins -1.5 +185
NHL Betting Total: O/U 5.5
The Boston fan’s in the TD Garden welcome the back to back Stanley Cup Champions, can their team knock off the force of nature, Lightning?
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa’s struggled more then recent memory, as two of their most important pieces are out with injury, Nikita Kucherov, and Brayden Point. However, they’re still managing to win games as they’ve won 7 out of their last 10 games.
On the offensive glass, The Lightning are currently stuttering with the puck, only shooting 30.0 per game. Nonetheless, their forwards are still scoring 3.1 per game, together these rank 20th, and 12th.
Furthermore, Tampa Bay’s PP% is mid-tier by ranking 14th, via capitalizing on 19.7% of powerplays.
Defensively, they’re only allowing 2.7 goals, on an average of 29.5 shots per game. At time of writing, together rank’s 11th and 5th.
Moreover, Tampa’s PK% is 10th, by being successful 84.1% of the time.
Regarding the netminder, Andrei Vasilevskiy is expected to start in net, boasting a 0.926 SV% with 2 shutouts on the year.
The Bruins have tasted defeat in the TD Garden more then they’re comfortable with, so far only winning 2 out of 6 games. Fair to note, Boston won their last game on Thursday, at home.
Offensively, they’ve been dominant in both shots and powerplay scoring, ranking 6th on PP%, and best in the NHL in shooting percentage. Although, even combining those offensive stats, they’re only scoring a paltry 2.9 goals per game, ranking 19th.
On the defensive board, The Bruins are shutting down teams at an alarming rate, only allowing 2.7 goals on 29.0 shots per outing. In addition, their PK% is 9th league wide, by only allowing teams to score 15.8% of the time.
Moreover, Boston’s backup goaltender, Linus Ullmark, is expected to start with a 0.911 SV%.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games against Boston
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games on the road.
- Boston is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games played at home.
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston’s last 9 games played against Tampa Bay.
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins NHL Prediction
On paper so far this year, Boston is the better team. However, they’ve found more ways to lose, even with the better stats. Additionally, The Lightning are destructive against this division opponent, winning 8 of their last 10 matchups.
By the same token, Brad Marchand is out for The Bruins, equaling the scales on the injuries to Tampa. Even with the recent dominance, and Boston’s horrible play at home, The Lightning are still the betting underdog.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Lightning Moneyline
With that being said, the best value on this game, is to back the underdog Stanley Cup Champs.
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