Nashville Predators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 12/3/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Tampa Bay Lightning (12-9-3) at Nashville Predators (12-10-4)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -110 / Tampa Bay Lightning -105 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators meet in NHL action from the Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday night.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to snap a three game losing streak after a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in their last outing. Carolina jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of goals 2:41 apart before making it 3-0 with :07 left to go in the opening frame. The Hurricanes would hold onto that lead through the 2nd and into the 3rd where Brayden Point pulled one back and Tyler Johnson added a 2nd to make it 3-2 with just over 11 minutes to play. That was as close as the Bolts got though, as Carolina slammed the door shut despite Tampa Bay outshooting Carolina 15-2 in the 3rd period. Curtis McElhinney took the loss, falling to 3-2-2 on the year after giving up 3 goals on 24 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Nashville Predators will also look to rebound after a 3-0 loss to the Nashville Predators in their last outing. The game was scoreless through 20 minutes of play before Florida got on the board first just 1:06 into the 2nd period. The 1-0 lead would hold up until the Panthers struck twice in 2:31 in the 3rd period to forge ahead with a 3-0 lead that the Cats wouldn’t let go of. Filip Forsberg led the Preds with 7 shots on goal while Ryan Ellis had 3 shots on goal in the loss. Juuse Saros took the loss, falling to 3-6-2 on the year after allowing 3 goals on 28 shots faced in the losing effort.
Tampa Bay is 5-2 in their last 7 games as a road underdog and 2-6 in their last 8 games against the Western Conference while the over is 41-20-1 in their last 62 games against a team with a losing record. Nashville is 3-8 in their last 11 games overall and 1-6 in their last 7 home games while the under is 19-7-1 in their last 27 games against the Atlantic division. Tampa Bay is 3-13 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and 1-7 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Nashville.
I considered Tampa Bay as the Lightning have a veteran group that aren’t going to be down on themselves with a three game losing streak. However, Nashville has been a thorn in the side of the Lightning for a few years now, and the Predators are still one of the tougher home teams to beat in the NHL despite their recent struggles and I just think that Tampa Bay has issues again here so I’ll side with Nashville and the cheap price at home here.