Tampa Bay Lightning at Nashville Predators - 2/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning at Nashville Predators - 2/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators (30-18-4) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (33-11-6)

Game Info: Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 7:30 pm (Nissan Stadium)

Betting Odds: Nashville Predators +125 / Tampa Bay Lightning -150 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Nashville Predators host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Saturday NHL Action.

The Tampa Bay Lightning come into this road contest with an overall record of 33-11-6. Through 50 games, the Lightning are 2nd in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 174 times, good for a rank of 7th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Tampa Bay is the 7th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.76 goals per game. So far, the Lightning have a strength of schedule rating of 18th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 8th ranked team in the NHL.

The Nashville Predators get set to host the Tampa Bay Lightning with an overall record of 30-18-4. This mark places them 4th in the Central division. Through 52 games, the Predators have scored 161 goals, giving them an average of 3.06. This output gives them a rank of 14th among NHL teams. On defense, Nashville is the 12th ranked unit, giving up 2.81 goals per contest. So far, the Predators have played the 23rd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Nashville's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 13th in the NHL.

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Through 49 games, the Tampa Bay Lightning goal and overall scoring leader is Steven Stamkos, with 56 points. He has reached his mark of 24 goals, on a shooting percentage of 17.5%. So far, 33.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Victor Hedman, who has 39 assists to go along with his 11 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +18.0. Tampa Bay's top goalie is Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is giving up an average of 2.29 goals per game. In his 39 games played, he has turned in 25 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Nashville Predators leader in points is Roman Josi. In Nashville's 52 games, he has come up with 14 goals and 39 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 8.0%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Filip Forsberg. Of his 26 goals, 15.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +7.0. Nashville's top goalie is Juuse Saros, who is giving up an average of 2.45 goals per game. In his 43 games played, he has turned in 29 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Nashville's 52 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 28-22. So far, the Predators have been a good bet at home as they have covered in 12 of their 23 games at Bridgestone Arena. On the season, the Nashville Predators have a per-game scoring differential of .25 goals per game. Look for Nashville to get back on track at home, picking up a win over the Lightning.

 

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