Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Lightning vs. Stars NHL Odds
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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars
Date: Friday, September 25th
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Rogers Place, Edmonton AB
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Lightning -160, Stars +140
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Lightning -1.5 (+170)
NHL Betting Total: 5
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Tampa Bay seems to be exerting their will a bit, winning two straight in the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals to take a 2-1 lead over the Dallas Stars. The Lightning captured a 5-2 win on Wednesday night.
Dallas has been great at answering the bell this postseason, losing two straight to Colorado in the Conference Semifinals before capturing game 7. Can the Stars post a similar rebounding effort on Friday night.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay dropped game one, 4-1 but that loss can be excusable. The Lightning had just one day off after eliminating the Islanders and had to travel for the first time in six weeks going from Toronto to Edmonton.
The Lightning seem to have adjusted to Rogers Place just fine, taking 3-2 and 5-2 wins the last two games. Tampa Bay has scored 5 goals in the first period alone the last two.
Tampa Bay got a jumpstart in game three from the return of their captain Steven Stamkos who scored on his first shot of the postseason. Stamkos left Wednesday’s game though and is questionable for game four.
Are the Stars wearing down? Dallas had an exhausting up-and-down the ice series with Colorado and then outlasted Vegas in a physical matchup.
Dallas won game one despite getting off just 19 shots against Andrei Vasilevskiy. After a couple strong performances in games two and three, Vasilevskiy has now held opponents to two goals or less in five of the last six.
The biggest thing Dallas has to worry about heading into Friday night’s tilt is that their goaltender Anton Khudobin suddenly looks human. Khudobin has allowed 8 goals the last two after surrendering 9 goals total in six games prior.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Over is 6-0-2 in Lightning last 8 vs. Western Conference
- Lightning are 42-16 last 58 overall
- Lightning are 36-15 last 51 as a favorite
- Stars are 2-6 last 8 Friday games
- Over is 15-3-3 last 21 head to head meetings
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars NHL Prediction:
The Lightning looked like a much more dominant team the last two games and have gotten off to fast starts in the 1st period which should continue against a worn down Stars squad.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Lightning -1.5
Khudobin has gotten pelted with SOG this postseason and is starting to show it physically and mentally.
**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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