Minnesota Wild vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 1/16/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Wild vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 1/16/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (28-14-4) at Minnesota Wild (20-20-6)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

The Line: Minnesota Wild +150 / Tampa Bay Lightning -166 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Minnesota Wild meet Thursday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to stay hot after winning 11 of their last 12 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 27.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with 18 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 32 assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 85 goals on 1,002 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 37 goals on 385 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or less goals in eight straight games.

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The Minnesota Wild need a win to snap a four-game losing streak. The Minnesota Wild are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 16 goals, Ryan Suter has 24 assists and Zach Parise has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 76.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 62 goals on 607 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 61 goals on 630 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed four or more goals in five of their last eight games.

The Lightning are 55-23 in their last 78 games playing on 1 days rest, 70-31 in their last 101 games as a favorite and 76-35 in their last 111 overall. The Wild are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The under is 4-1 in Lightning last 5 road games. The under is 6-1-1 in Wild last 8 home games. The Lightning are 0-7 in the last 7 meetings in Minnesota and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings. The home team is 12-2 in the last 14 meetings. The underdog is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 11-4-1 in the last 16 meetings.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are playing their best hockey of the season and finally looking like the title contenders many thought they were before the season started. Usually you don't want to step in front of teams playing this well. However, the Minnesota Wild have won the last four meetings against the Lightning, which includes winning the last two contests by a combined score of 8-4. While these teams are heading in opposite directions, there's some value to getting the home dog in this matchup given the history.

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Wild +150

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