Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins - 3/3/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Boston Bruins (41-13-12) at Tampa Bay Lightning (41-19-5)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -127 / Boston Bruins +115 --- Over/Under: 6
The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.
The Boston Bruins look for a win after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 25.4 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 47 goals, Brad Marchand has 56 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 189 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 80 goals on 1,108 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 72 goals on 872 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed two or less goals in 11 of their last 16 games.
The Tampa Bay Lightning need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 23.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 31 goals, Steven Stamkos has 37 assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 126 goals on 1,464 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 48 goals on 523 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed two or less goals in seven of their last 14 games.
The Bruins are 4-1 in their last 5 road games, 37-14 in their last 51 games following a win and 13-3 in their last 16 overall. The Lightning are 70-24 in their last 94 vs. Eastern Conference, 52-21 in their last 73 home games and 89-41 in their last 130 overall. The over is 4-1 in Bruins last 5 overall. The over is 7-0 in Lightning last 7 overall. The Bruins are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings.
I strongly considered the Boston Bruins and the plus money simply because they're playing as well as anybody in the league and you don't get them in the underdog role often these days. With that said, you rarely get the Tampa Bay Lightning and cheap prices, especially at home where it's nothing to see them priced at -200 or higher. The Tampa Bay Lightning are due for a bounce back victory and they've won nine of the last 10 meetings against the Bruins. Give me the Lightning on their home ice.