Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning - 4/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning - 4/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (43-20-7) vs Boston Bruins (44-21-5)

Game Info: Friday, April 8, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning +115 / Boston Bruins +188 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Tampa Bay Lightning host the Boston Bruins in Friday NHL Action.

The Boston Bruins come into this road contest with an overall record of 44-21-5. Through 70 games, the Bruins are 3rd in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 223 times, good for a rank of 15th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Boston is the 5th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.69 goals per game. So far, the Bruins have a strength of schedule rating of 32nd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 12th ranked team in the NHL.

The Tampa Bay Lightning get set to host the Boston Bruins with an overall record of 43-20-7. This mark places them 3rd in the Atlantic division. Through 70 games, the Lightning have scored 233 goals, giving them an average of 3.3. This output gives them a rank of 9th among NHL teams.On defense, Tampa Bay is the 9th ranked unit, giving up 2.81 goals per contest. So far, the Lightning have played the 17th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Tampa Bay's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 9th in the NHL.

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Through 69 games, the Boston Bruins goal and overall scoring leader is David Pastrnak, with 71 points. He has reached his mark of 38 goals, on a shooting percentage of 12.5%. So far, 37.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Brad Marchand, who has 40 assists to go along with his 31 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +12. Boston's top goalie is Linus Ullmark, who is giving up an average of 2.63 goals per game.

Through 69 games, the Tampa Bay Lightning's goal and overall scoring leader is Steven Stamkos, with 79 points. He has reached his mark of 32 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.2%. So far, 38.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Victor Hedman, who has 48 assists to go along with his 19 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +17.0. Tampa Bay's top goalie is Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is giving up an average of 2.46 goals per game. In his 55 games played, he has turned in 35 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Boston's 70 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 34-32-4. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing on the road, going just 16-17-2. On the season, 54.0% of Boston's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 56% of the scoring coming from the Bruins. In Tampa Bay's 70 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 36-34. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing at home, going just 16-17. On the season, 54.0% of Tampa Bay's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Lightning. With a line set at 6 goals, look for the Lightning and Bruins to fall below this number, as both units do an excellent job at limiting their opponents' scoring chance opportunities, ranking 12th and 7th, respectively.

 

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