Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 3/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 3/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (42-20-5) at Detroit Red Wings (16-48-5)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

The Line: Detroit Red Wings +253 / Tampa Bay Lightning -320 --- Over/Under: 6

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The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Detroit Red Wings meet in NHL action from Little Caesars Arena on Sunday.

The Tampa Bay Lightning come into this game looking to buid on back-to-back wins after a 5-3 triumph over Boston last time out. 5 different Lightning players found the score sheet, led by Mikhail Sergachev who had a goal and an assist while Cedric Paquette, Anthony Cirelli, Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov all had goals while Zack Bogosian, Yanni Gourde, Brayden Coburn and Brayden Point all had assists for the Bolts in the win. Andrei Vaslievskiy got the win in goal to improve to 35-13-3 on the year after stopping 35 of 38 shots faced in goal for the Lightning’s netminder.

The Detroit Red Wings will try to build on a rare 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in their last outing. Tyler Bertuzzi and Robby Fabbri were the lone goal scorers for Detroit in the losing effort while Trevor Daley, Gustav Lindstrom, Dylan Larkin and Franz Nielsen all chipped in assists in the winning effort. Sam Gagner also led Detroit with 4 shots on goal for his new team in the winning effort. Jonathan Bernier got the win in goal for Detroit after improving to 14-21-3 after stopping 32 of the 33 shots he faced in the winning effort.

Tampa Bay is 45-9 in their last 54 division games and 56-27 in their last 83 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Detroit is 13-52 in their last 65 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 home games while the under is 12-4-3 in their last 19 games as an underdog. Tampa Bay is 23-4 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams and 7-0 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Detroit.

I’ve been hard on Detroit and for good reason as the Detroit Red Wings are the worst team in hockey by far. With that said, while the Bolts are clearly the better team and have owned Detroit over the years, I’m not laying this kind of juice with a Tampa Bay team that’s playing just .500 hockey right now. Detroit’s losing games left and right, but a lot of times, Detroit’s scoring the first goal and it’s hard to chase a -1.5 or -2.5 puck line bet from behind. I’ll take a shot with Detroit on the puck line as I think the Red Wings strike first and can make Tampa Bay work hard for this win.

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Chris’s Pick Detroit +1.5

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