Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings - 3/9/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings - 3/9/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings (7-16-3) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (17-4-2)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

Betting Odds: Detroit Red Wings +280 / Tampa Bay Lightning -340 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Detroit Red Winge meet in NHL action from the Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday night.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to build on a 6-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks last time out. Victor Hedman leads the Lightning in scoring with 24 points including a team-high 19 assists while Steven Stamkos has 22 points with a team-high 11 goals and 11 assists. Brayden Point has 21 points with 7 goals and 14 assists and Ondrej Palat has 20 points split between 10 goals and 10 assists this season. Mikhail Sergachev’s got 16 points with 15 assists while Anthony Cirelli, Yanni Gourde and Alex Killorn all have 15 points and Tyler Johnson’s added 10 points this season. Andrei Vasilevskiy continues to lead the charge in goal for Tampa Bay, going 15-4 with 3 shutouts in 19 games played this season.

The Detroit Red Wings will look to bounce back from a 5-2 defeat against Carolina last time out. Bobby Ryan leads the Red Wings in scoring with 13 points including 6 goals and 7 assists while Dylan Larkin is sitting on 11 points with 4 goals and 7 apples. Anthony Mantha and Filip Hronek have each chipped in 10 points this season, with Mantha posting 6 goals of his own while Hronek has added all of his points via assists. Robby Fabbri has 9 points on the year as well for Detroit. Thomas Greiss continues to have no luck in goal for Detroit, posting a 1-14 record with a 3.37 GAA while Jonathan Bernier has 6 wins in 13 appearances with a 2.94 GAA this season.

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Tampa Bay is 61-23 in their last 84 games overall and 43-17 in their last 60 games following a win while the under is 6-2-1 in their last 9 games as a favorite. Detroit is 17-60 in their last 77 games overall and 2-6 in their last 8 home games while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 games as a home underdog. Tampa Bay is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Detroit.

This is one of the matchups where the juice has been downright ridiculous in the last few seasons and sometimes it’s just worth taking a shot based on value alone considering the puck takes it’s fair share of funny bounces all the time. However, The Detroit Red Wings just do not have the horses to keep up with Tampa Bay. I mean these are the defending champions for a reason. The Bolts have the league’s best offense and defense statistically, while Detroit is 4th-worst defensively and dead last on offense, averaging just 2.1 goals per game. The two meetings this season have also seen Tampa Bay wipe out Detroit by a combined score of 8-2. I’m going to back Tampa Bay on the puck line to try to get the price down, but to get a sniff of even or plus money you may have to extend to -2.5 which I still might do.

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Chris’s Pick Tampa Bay -1.5

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