Free Game 3 Prediction: Lightning vs Red Wings Odds
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Date: Sunday, April 17th
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Red Wings -125
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NHL Betting Total: 5
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Tampa Bay took care of business on home ice, outscoring the Wings by a count of 8-4 during the first two games of the series. This round one matchup is in danger of being over in a hurry if the Wings can’t snap out of it.
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit’s late season struggles have seemingly carried into the playoffs as they’ve now lost four straight games going back to their 80th game of the regular season.
The Wings haven’t looked terrible, but they have looked slow and have not had any answer for Tampa’s dynamic duo of Nikita Kucherov and Tyler Johnson. Last year’s playoff studs combined for 11 points in two games, that’s ELEVEN.
If you need some context for that, you can take any five Detroit players and they wouldn’t combine for more points than the Tampa two.
The Jimmy Howard experiment has to be over, he just isn’t getting the job done. Look for Petr Mrazek to be in goal at home to try and right the ship that is sinking rapidly.
Tampa Bay Lightning
As mentioned above, the dynamic duo of Johnson and Kucherov have been lethal. Joining them is Alex Kilorn, who has tallied four points of his own.
When one line can get you 15 points in two games, you’re in great shape. The absence of Steven Stamkos is hardly noticeable at this point, and the much maligned Jonathan Drouin has shown that he wants to be part of this team.
Goaltending and defense…what is there to say? They’ve been good enough, but not outstanding. When your forwards are scoring the way that Tampa’s are though, Ben Bishop and the defense don’t have to be relied upon to win games.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Under is 12-2-2 in DET last 16 Wed. games.
- DET are 2-7 in their last 9 Wed. games.
- Over is 6-2-3 in DET last 11 overall.
- TB are 61-30 in their last 91 home games.
- DET are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Tampa Bay.
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings NHL Hockey Prediction
This is due for a bit of a letdown game for the Lightning.
They absolutely had their way at home and now going into Detroit’s barn, against a Wings team with their backs against the wall, expect Detroit to come out swinging and have some answers for Tampa’s top two forwards now that they get last line change.
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Both games one and two were deadlocked at 2-2 scorelines early in the third period before Tampa was able to pull away. I think Detroit would be happy to do the same in game three and take care of business late to get themselves back in the series.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Detroit 3 – Tampa Bay 2
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