March 24, 2017 at 9:16 AM #128087
Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Lightning vs Red Wings NHL Odds
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(34-29-9) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings (29-32-11)
Tampa looks to gain some points in their playoff push, though with 10 games remaining it’s going to be a very tough road to get there. The Lightning currently sit five points back of the Boston Bruins for the final wildcard seed, though with one game at hand.
Leading the charge for the Bolts is Nikita Kucherov, who has quickly become one of the top players in the league at 23 years old. Kucherov has 34 goals and 73 points on the season in 65 games played, without the likes of Steven Stamkos on his line for the majority of it.
Victor Hedman has also developed into a superstar, as the 26-year old star defenseman has now reached the 60-point threshold in a season, for the first time in his young career. He is second on the team in points and third amongst all NHL defenders.
Andrei Vasilevskiy has taken the lead role in net, after the departure of Ben Bishop who he previously shared the load with. The young netminder has notched a .916 SV% and a 2.64 GAA this season, and is another core piece for the team moving forward.
The Red Wings also have some young core players to work with, though considering they rank amongst the worst teams in the NHL this year, they’ll still need to add some top talent.
Anthony Mantha, Gustav Nyquist and Dylan Larkin appear to be the top players that the Wings can continue to build upon. Mantha is 22-years old and has 15 goals and 34 points in 55 games played in his first year with the big club. The former top prospect has the size to be a dominant power forward, listed at 6’5 and 215 lbs.
Captain Henrik Zetterberg is Detroit’s leading scorer, with 60 points on the year. He is entering the twilight of his career and would be an asset to any contending team, but would the franchise be willing to deal the lifelong Red Wing in the summer as part of the rebuild? My bet says no.
Jimmy Howard is now back from injury, and should resume the starting duties in net. Howard owns a magnificent .935 SV% and 1.91 GAA on the year in 21 appearances.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Tampa Bay has a minus-5 goal differential on the year
- Tampa Bay is 6-4-1 in March
- Colorado is 9-24-1 on the road
- Detroit 26th in goals per game at 2.4
- Detroit is 14-16-5 at home
- Detroit is 4-6-0 in their last 10 games
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings NHL Hockey Prediction:
At this point, it would seemingly be beneficial for the Wings to tack on losses to ensure high draft lottery odds. Though with the return of Jimmy Howard, who in the midst of an excellent season, may spoil that.
I like the under to come through in this game, as Detroit ranks amongst the worst teams in scoring this year and Howard should help cut down the goals against mark.
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NHL Free Score Prediction: Tampa Bay-3 – Detroit-2
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