Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars - 12/19/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars - 12/19/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Stars (19-12-4) at Tampa Bay Lightning (17-12-3)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -175 / Dallas Stars +158 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Thursday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.

The Dallas Stars look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Roope Hintz leads Dallas with 12 goals, Tyler Seguin has 19 assists and Alexander Radulov has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 47 goals on 700 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 28 goals on 386 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or less goals in their last six games.

The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 29.1 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 80.2 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 more goals in seven of their last 11 games.

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The Stars are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games, 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog and 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road underdog. The Lightning are 43-12 in their last 55 Thursday games, 78-35 in their last 113 home games and 78-38 in their last 116 overall. The under is 55-24-10 in Stars last 89 overall. The over is 15-5-1 in Lightning last 21 home games. The Stars are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 7-0-1 in the last 8 meetings in Tampa Bay and 13-2-1 in the last 16 meetings.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have won each of the last five meetings against the Stars, which includes outscoring them 8-0 in the last two meetings. The Lightning are also showing more and more signs of turning into the team we all expected to see before the season began. With all that said, the Dallas Stars have had a lot of success in the underdog role this season and will always be a tough out with their defensive effort, regardless of where the game is played. The Amalie Arena is a tough building to win in, but the Stars and the plus money will continue to have value. 

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Randy’s Pick Dallas Stars +158

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