Philadelphia Flyers at Tampa Bay Lightning - 8/8/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Philadelphia Flyers (43-21-7) at Tampa Bay Lightning (45-21-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 3:33 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -135 / Philadelphia Flyers +115 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Saturday in NHL East Qualifying round robin action at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Philadelphia Flyers look for a 3-0 start in the NHL bubble after beating the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Scott Laughton leads Philadelphia with three goals, Kevin Hayes has four assists and Philippe Myers has six shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing one goal per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hart has allowed one goal on 35 shots faced and Brian Elliott has allowed one goal on 17 shots.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are also undefeated in the NHL bubble with wins over the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 50 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with one goal, Pat Maroon has one assist and Ondrej Palat has six shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing two goals per game and are killing 87.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up four goals on 60 shots faced.
The Flyers are 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games, 9-4 in their last 13 games as an underdog and 10-1 in their last 11 games following a win. The Lightning are 8-1 in their last 9 Saturday games, 95-44 in their last 139 games as a favorite and 106-50 in their last 156 overall. The under is 5-0 in Flyers last 5 overall. The under is 5-2 in Lightning last 7 overall. The Flyers are 9-23 in the last 32 meetings in Tampa Bay and 20-42 in the last 62 meetings. The over is 37-16-4 in the last 57 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have won seven straight games against the Flyers, not losing to Philadelphia since December of 2017. The Lightning have won both meetings against the Flyers during this calendar year and have won those games by a combined score of 6-3. The difference in this game for me is that the Flyers have been arguably the hottest team in the sport over the last couple months of play and have thrived in these underdog roles time and time again. We've made some nice coin backing the Flyers all year in similar roles. Let's try it again.