Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning - 4/3/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning - 4/3/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (25-9-2) vs Detroit Red Wings (12-21-5)

Game Info: Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning -389 / Detroit Red Wings +336 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Saturday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.

The Detroit Red Wings look for a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 12 percent of their power play opportunities. Robby Fabbri leads Detroit with 10 goals, Filip Hronek has 19 assists and Dylan Larkin has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 72.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Thomas Greiss has given up 62 goals on 564 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 43 goals on 523 shots.

The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a win after winning 14 of their last 20 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 27.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 16 goals, Victor Hedman has 28 assists and Brayden Point has 92 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 82 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 56 goals on 810 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 24 goals on 203 shots.

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The Red Wings are 7-44 in their last 51 road games and 22-67 in their last 89 overall. The Lightning are 37-14 in their last 51 home games and 40-16 in their last 56 overall. The under is 4-0 in Red Wings last 4 overall. The under is 4-1-1 in Lightning last 6 home games. The Red Wings are 5-22 in the last 27 meetings in Tampa Bay and 17-35-1 in the last 53 meetings. The home team is 21-8 in the last 29 meetings.

The Detroit Red Wings continue to pile up the losses and they've played head and shoulders their worst hockey on the road dating back to last season. The Red Wings simply don't win on the road. The Tampa Bay Lightning have won enough to be pretty profitable despite being massive favorites most nights, and they've won three of the four meetings against the Red Wings this season, mostly comfortable victories. While the price is insane, I can't back the Red Wings even as a possible value play. Give me the Lightning and the PL to shave down the expensive juice. 

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Randy’s Pick Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5

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