Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Lightning vs Red Wings NHL Odds
Looking for Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings free hockey plays & NHL Odds? NHL betting sees the Lightning taking on the Red Wings on Tuesday March 9th at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey games all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NHL hockey predictions like this Lightning Red Wings matchup.
NHL Handicapping Analysis
(17-4-2) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings (3-17-7)
Date: Tuesday, March 9th
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit MI
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Lightning -360| Red Wings +280
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Lightning -1.5 (-125)
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
It’s a matchup of worst vs. first in the Central division when Tampa Bay (36 points) visits Detroit (17 points) The line reflects as such, with Tampa Bay being a whopping -360 favorite.
Detroit has a nice return on investment as +280 home underdogs, but they are just 4-6-2 at Little Caesars Arena on the season. Tampa Bay has gone 8-3-2 away from Amalie Arena this year.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning have returned to championship form, but that’s not to say they didn’t have their struggles coming off a 3-game series with the Blackhawks. Tampa took two of three in Chicago, but it wasn’t easy.
In that three game set, Chicago was up 2-0 before falling in OT, won the 2nd contest in a SO, and was again up 3-0 before Tampa Bay went on a run to win 6-3. The Hawks are better than Detroit, but still.
That’s just a sign of how good Tampa Bay is when taking two of three on the road against the 4th place team in the division is considered “struggling.” The Lightning have now scored points in 8 straight.
Andrei Vasilevskiy should get the go in net on Tuesday, as the iron man has appeared in 19 of 23 Lightning games this season. Vasilevskiy has posted three shutouts in his last five starts.
Detroit Red Wings
There’s no doubt Detroit is in trouble on Tuesday against the #1 offense in the NHL and the #2 defense. Detroit subsequently ranks 30th and 29th in those fields respectively.
Over the last three games the Red Wings aren’t scoring while also giving up a bunch – usually not a good recipe. Detroit has scored 2 goals or less in three straight, while allowing 16 scores over that span.
The Red Wings will try to break that three game losing streak against a Lightning team that they lost 3-1 and 5-1 in Tampa Bay back in early February, both puck line payouts.
Detroit will also try to get the win still without their best player, as Dylan Larkin is questionable with an upper body injury. Larkin has missed the last four games, three of them ugly Red Wings losses.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Lightning are 7-1 last 8 overall
- Lightning are 61-23 last 84 overall
- Under is 6-2-1 in Lightning last 9 overall
- Red Wings are 7-19 last 26 overall
- Over is 4-1 Red Wings last 5 overall
- Under is 8-2 in Red Wings last 10 home games
- Lightning are 7-1 last 8 in Detroit
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings NHL Prediction:
Tampa Bay won both games with Detroit this year by more than 1.5 goals, granted those contests were on their own ice. There’s still not bad value on the puck line at -125, especially with the Lightning on a roll.
Detroit just looks in a rut playing without Larkin. They’ve been outscored 16-5 the last three games with the #1 offense and #2 defense in hockey coming to town.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Lightning -1.5 (-125)
These can be the weird type of games that Detroit somehow forces to OT, but we’ll take our chances.
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