Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Lightning vs. Stars NHL Odds
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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars
Date: Wednesday, September 23rd
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Rogers Place, Edmonton AB
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Lightning -161, Stars +140
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Lightning -1.5 (+170)
NHL Betting Total: 5
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Tampa Bay has made the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals a series, scoring a 3-2 win over Dallas on Monday to even things up at 1-1. The Lightning were able to finally get some offense going, will that streak continue in game three?
Dallas has bounced back nicely when put in these positions during the postseason. The Stars won games 3, 4, and 5 after facing a 1-1 series with Vegas last round.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay was able to find their scoring strike against a red hot goaltender on Monday, jumping out to a 3-0 first period lead. The Lightning were held to 1 goal in game one and scored just 3 total the last two games against the Islanders.
Two of the Lightning’s three goals in game two came on the power play, but they barely outshot Dallas 31-29 on Monday. Tampa Bay held a 36-20 SOG advantage in game one.
It was important for TB to get their offense going but equally crucial for Andrei Vasilevskiy to have a bounce back game. The Lightning goaltender allowed 3 goals Monday but on just 19 shots.
Dallas comes into game three a little disoriented after getting rocked for three scores in the first period in game two. The Stars added a goal in the 2nd and the 3rd period but couldn’t make up the early deficit.
Anton Khubodin got off to a rough start on Monday, allowing three goals on 14 shots in the first period. The Dallas goaltender buckled down to stop 17 in the 2nd and 3rd period but the damage was already done.
Dallas will still rely on Khubodin if they want to take the 2-1 series lead. He stopped 35 of 36 shots in the series opener but could be tiring after facing 31+ shots for five straight games.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Lightning are 41-16 last 57 overall
- Lightning are 5-13 last 18 vs. Central
- Lightning are 1-4 last 5 Stanley Cup Finals games
- Stars are 4-1 last 5 overall
- Under is 2-0-3 in Lightning last 5 overall
- Under is 4-0-3 in Stars last 7 overall
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars NHL Prediction:
The game one loss may have been an anomaly for Tampa Bay as they were traveling to Edmonton and had a quick turnaround with 1 day off after the Islanders series.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Lightning -1.5
Khubodin could be tiring and Tampa Bay looks much more comfortable at Rogers Place now.
**NOTE** – The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers will begin Saturday, Aug. 1 in Edmonton and Toronto. The top four teams in both conferences will play a 3-game round robin for seeding in the First Round. The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers will be best-of-5 series with the losing teams being entered into Phase 2 of the NHL Draft Lottery.
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