Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Ottawa Senators - 12/17/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Ottawa Senators - 12/17/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators (14-18-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (16-12-3)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning / Ottawa Senators --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.

The Ottawa Senators look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 10.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Duclair leads Ottawa with 18 goals, Thomas Chabot has 18 assists and Brady Tkachuk has 125 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 42 goals on 426 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 52 goals on 597 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed a combined 12 goals in their last three games.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 29.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 13 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 24 assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 65 goals on 714 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 29 goals on 284 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or less goals in five of their last eight games.

The Senators are 17-35 in their last 52 vs. Eastern Conference, 24-72 in their last 96 road games and 7-23 in their last 30 games playing on 0 days rest. The Lightning are 56-21 in their last 77 vs. Eastern Conference, 43-17 in their last 60 games playing on 2 days rest and 77-35 in their last 112 home games. The over is 5-1 in Senators last 6 overall. The over is 9-2-1 in Lightning last 12 home games. The favorite is 44-18 in the last 62 meetings. The road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Tampa Bay and 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.

The Ottawa Senators beat the Lightning as monster underdogs back in October, but overall they're a poor team that struggles to put together a strong 60 minutes and they're on the end of a back to back after getting blitzed by the Florida Panthers. The Amalie Arena is usually not a place where visiting teams turn things around. The Tampa Bay Lightning are showing more and more flashes of being the team we all expected to see this season and they're a well rested bunch ready to add to the Senators issues. I'll take the Tampa Bay Lightning and the PL. 

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