Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Lightning vs Stars NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
(19-5-2) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars (9-9-6)
Date: Tuesday, March 16th, 2021
Time: 8:30 PM
Venue: American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Lightning -148 | Stars +128
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Lighting -1.5 (+175)
NHL Betting Total: O/U 5.5
The Dallas Stars do have some talent, though, and we have seen in the past that the Lightning can sometimes overlook certain teams and I do expect the Stars to show up here with a solid effort, as they would love nothing more then to knock Tampa off their perch.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning are playing some extremely good hockey at the moment with a few hiccups coming against some lesser competition, but you can’t expect this team to go out there with 100% motivation as they must feel like they are head and shoulders above most of their competition.
They are scoring a ton of goals as well, as they average 3.72 goals a game and amazingly only give up 2.27 goals per game on the other end which is a testament to both Victor Hedman and this blue-line, as well as the outstanding goal-tending they have been getting.
A big reason they are scoring so many goals is their power-play, as they are converting on a whopping 28.9 percent of their opportunities with the extra man with a lot of that success also on the back of Hedman’s play-making ability as he now has 21 assists on the year.
Vasilevskiy will once again get the start here if early reports are accurate and not much needs to be said about him, as it looks like this year’s Vezina race will come down to either Vasilevskiy or Marc-Andre Fleury at this point in time.
This Dallas Stars team has not been doing much winning as of late picking up just 3 victories over their last 10 games and although they are coming off of a victory last time out it is honestly pretty tough to see their path to victory here.
That last win also came against a pretty poor Columbus Blue Jackets team and the Stars were only able to win that game because they won in a shootout with Radulov playing hero, as his 3rd period goal as well as shoot-out goal was enough to drag his team over the line.
The Star’s main win condition here is most likely Anton Khudobin having a monster game while the offense has a bit of luck in terms of their overall efficiency.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Over is 5-0 in Lightning last 5 overall.
- Over is 5-0 in Lightning last 5 vs. NHL.
- Over is 4-0 in Lightning last 4 road games.
- Over is 4-1-1 in Lightning last 6 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Over is 3-0-2 in Stars last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Over is 3-0-2 in Stars last 5 home games.
- Over is 16-6-4 in the last 26 meetings.
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars NHL Prediction:
The Tampa Bay Lightning are playing a much different brand of hockey lately that is more open and high scoring and I do not believe the betting markets have caught up to it yet. I would look for Dallas to have a decent amount of opportunities to contribute on the score-sheet while the Tampa Bay Lightning do what they do on offense to help this game get up and over this modest-enough total.
Also do keep an eye out for the news in terms of who is starting in net, as that will obviously be big news as it pertains to an over/under bet.
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