Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Lightning vs Senators NHL Odds
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(32-26-9) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Ottawa Senators (39-22-6)
Date: Tuesday, March 14th
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Canadian Tire Centre
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Senators -140
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NHL Betting Total: 5
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When Tampa Bay rolls into Ottawa Tuesday night it will be a contest between two teams with differing playoff ambitions.
Last year the Lightning were at the top of the conference and this year are just looking to sneak into a wild card spot. Last year the Senators missed the postseason, but this season are looking to make a run at top spot in their division.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning aren’t out of this, not yet anyway. As of this writing they stand just 3 points back of Toronto for the final wild card spot in the east with 15 games to go. They are completely within striking distance.
Things have plummeted this year for the Lightning, but a late season run to the playoffs could put them in a position to correct all that. A good stretch of hockey could even see Tampa Bay catch Boston for the final divisional playoff spot in the Atlantic.
The Lightning made it all the way to game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals last year, only losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Penguins. The year before that they went all the way to the Stanley Cup finals, losing in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Steven Stamkos getting injured in November was not what the franchise had planned for the 2016-17 season. He is back practicing with the team however, and if he isn’t back in time to help the team make it to the playoffs he will be ready for the postseason should the team get there.
The Ottawa Senators trail the Montreal Canadiens by 2 points for top spot in the Atlantic division, but also have two games in hand.
Of course winning the Atlantic division means a potential matchup with a tough Metropolitan team like the Rangers, instead of a possibly cushier game against a team like the Maple Leafs, but still.
The Senators come into this game having won their last 6. Their hot streak hasn’t helped them gain much ground on the Habs however, as the Canadiens have won 7 of their last 8.
Ottawa has spread their scoring around this year, with 3 players already having crossed the 20 goal threshold: Mark Stone (22), Mike Hoffman (21) and Kyle Turris (22). The recent addition of 35 year old Alex Burrows at the deadline is working out nicely as well, as he’s netted 4 goals in 6 games with the club.
Craig Anderson’s return from injury has been a nice addition to the Sens as well. The 35 year old is sporting a .930 save percentage in 30 games this year.
NHL Betting Trends:
- TB is 9-29 in last 38 games in Ottawa
- Favourite is 39-13 in last 52 meetings
- TB are 6-17 in last 23 road games
- Sens are 6-2 in last 8 vs. Eastern Conference
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Ottawa Senators NHL Hockey Prediction:
The Sens are playing too well at the moment to be too troubled by the Lightning.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Senators -140
While Tampa Bay is looking like they could go on a run, the Sens are already on one and not showing signs of slowing down soon.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Lightning 1 – Senators 3
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