Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins - 12/12/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins - 12/12/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins (20-6-6) at Tampa Bay Lightning (15-11-3)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -137 / Boston Bruins +124 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Thursday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.

The Boston Bruins need a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 28.4 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 25 goals, Brad Marchand has 28 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 78 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 42 goals on 577 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 27 goals on 385 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed a combined 12 goals in their last three games.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 29 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 11 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 21 assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 66 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 59 goals on 652 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 29 goals on 284 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 11 games. 

The Bruins are 4-1 in their last 5 road games, 7-3 in their last 10 games as an underdog and 8-3 in their last 11 overall. The Lightning are 92-40 in their last 132 games playing on 1 days rest, 78-34 in their last 112 games as a home favorite and 76-34 in their last 110 home games. The over is 7-2-2 in Bruins last 11 road games. The over is 8-1-1 in Lightning last 10 home games. The Bruins are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Tampa Bay and 1-8 in the last 9 meetings. The favorite is 27-13 in the last 40 meetings.

The Boston Bruins have hit a dry spot over the last week where the defense has fallen off a bit, and playing on the end of a back to back in Tampa usually isn't a place where things turnaround. The Tampa Bay Lightning still aren't the dominant team many expect them to be, but they have some solid wins under their belt lately and are always tough at home. Blindly backing this team at home has made you a mountain of cash over the years. I'll gladly take the Tampa Bay Lightning and the cheap price. 

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Randy’s Pick Tampa Bay Lightning -137

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