Philadelphia Flyers at Tampa Bay Lightning - 3/12/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Philadelphia Flyers (41-21-7) at Tampa Bay Lightning (43-21-6)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -145 / Philadelphia Flyers +130 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Philadelphia Flyers and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in NHL action from the Amalie Arena on Thursday night.
The Philadelphia Flyers will look to rebound after having their nine-game winning streak snapped with a 2-0 loss to Boston last time out. Philly put up 12 shots in each period, outshooting the Bruins 36-29, led by Derek Grant who had 5 shots on goal. Ivan Provorov, Kevin Hayes and Claude Giroux each had 4 shots on target as well in the losing effort. Carter Hart ended up with a rare home loss, falling to 24-13-3 on the year after allowing both goals on 29 shots faced in the losing effort for the Flyers.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will be out to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in their last outing. Ondrej Palat scored the lone goal for the Bolts in the losing effort with an assist going to Nikita Kucherov, with Kucherov leading the Lightning with 5 shots on goal in the losing effort. Mikhail Sergachev also had 5 shots on goal while Blake Coleman and Kevin Shattenkirk each had 4 shots on target. Andrei Vasilevskiy ended up with the loss in goal, falling to 35-14-3 on the year after allowing both goals on 36 shots faced in the losing effort.
Philadelphia is 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 22-8 in their last 30 games as a road underdog. Tampa Bay is 53-22 in their last 75 home games and 15-5 in their last 20 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 9-4-1 in their last 14 games against the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia is 20-42 in the last 62 meetings between these two teams and 9-23 in the last 32 meetings between these two teams in Tampa Bay.
I’m trying to burn it into my brain the Lightning are favored mainly because they’re at home, but it’s not working. I get that a loss after a long winning streak can have a hangover to the next game, but we’re getting decent sized plus money with a Philly team that’s still won nine of their last ten against a Tampa Bay team that’s just coasting along and waiting for the playoffs to come. I’ll take a shot with the Flyers and the plus money here.