Vegas Golden Knights vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 2/20/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Tampa Bay Lightning (40-15-5) at Vegas Golden Knights (31-22-8)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 10:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -115 / Tampa Bay Lightning +104 --- Over/Under: 6
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Vegas Golden Knights meet Thursday in NHL action at the T-Mobile Arena.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look for another win, as they haven’t lost a game since January 27. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 23.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 29 goals, Steven Stamkos has 35 assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 111 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 107 goals on 1,346 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 44 goals on 497 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed two or less goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Vegas Golden Knights look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Pacioretty leads Vegas with 27 goals, Mark Stone has 37 assists and Reilly Smith has 154 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing three goals per game and are killing 78.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 117 goals on 1,243 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 55 goals on 516 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in 13 of their last 18 games.
The Lightning are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference, 55-25 in their last 80 road games and 88-37 in their last 125 overall. The Golden Knights are 3-7 in their last 10 vs. Atlantic and 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games. The under is 5-2-2 in Lightning last 9 overall. The over is 7-3 in Golden Knights last 10 home games. The under is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings.
The Vegas Golden Knights aren't nearly as good at home as they've been in past years, but they're still a tough out and one of those teams you trust in big games. Vegas will be up for this contest and the crowd will be out in full force. However, we're getting plus money with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the hottest and best team in the sport currently, a team that hasn't lost in nearly a month. I have to side with the plus money. It's a price that you're not going to get often with Tampa Bay the rest of the season.