Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins - 8/29/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins - 8/29/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (51-24-6) at Boston Bruins (49-19-13)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Boston Bruins -105 / Tampa Bay Lightning -115 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Boston Bruins meet in game four of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final matchup from Scotiabank Arena on Saturday.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to take a 3-1 lead in the series after going up two games to one with a 7-1 beatdown victory over the Bruins in game three last time out.

Ondrej Palat and Yanni Gourde staked the Bolts an early 2-0 lead with a pair of goals :15 apart with just over seven minutes to go in the opening period. Mikhail Sergachev made it 3-0 Tampa just over two minutes into the second period before Brad Marchand got the Bruins on the board just before the five-minute mark of the second. The wheels would fall off after that though, as Alex Killorn restored Tampa’s three-goal cushion just 3:39 later. Brayden Point would push it to 5-1 and Killorn would add his 2nd goal of the game just 2:38 later to make it a 6-1 game before Nikita Kucherov added a 7th goal to put the cherry on top for Tampa Bay less than four minutes into the 3rd period.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy got the win in goal for Tampa Bay after stopping 23 of 24 shots in the winning effort to improve to 8-3 this postseason while Jaroslav Halak took the loss after allowing four goals on 16 shots before being pulled in the second period for the Bruins.

Tampa Bay is 48-12 in their last 60 games against the rest of the Atlantic division and 22-5 in their last 27 conference semi-final games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Boston is 21-10 in their last 31 games overall and 6-2 in their last 8 playoff games as an underdog while the under is 10-3-1 in their last 14 games against the rest of the Atlantic division. Tampa Bay is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see a veteran group like Boston respond here after a humiliating look at the end of game three, and a lot of these guys are too proud to not have a response in game four. However, I think Tampa Bay are prepared for this response, and I like Andrei Vasilevskiy between the pipes more than I do Jaroslav Halak who was clearly shaken up and rattled after being shelled in game three. I’ll take the Lightning to win this one in what should be a closer game than game three to put the Bruins on the brink of elimination.

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Chris’s Pick Tampa Bay -115

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