Canucks vs Lightning Prediction - NHL Picks 10/19/23

Tampa Bay Lightning (1-2-1) vs Vancouver Canucks (2-1)

Game Info: Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning -200 / Vancouver Canucks +160 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Vancouver Canucks and Tampa Bay Lightning face off on Thursday in an NHL showdown at Amalie Arena. 

Canucks Look to Bounce Back

The Canucks won their first two games of the season, but in the last game they really struggled. The Canucks faced off against the Philadelphia Flyers, and the offense couldn’t get anything going as they were defeated. The Canucks did have 25 shots on goal, but it wasn’t enough, and there weren’t enough quality shots. In the first game of the season the Canucks scored eight goals and in the second game they scored four goals. In this game, the offense needs to get going early. 

Canucks Betting Trends

  • The underdogs have won each of the Canucks' last three games.
  • The Canucks have covered the puck line in 11 of their last 12 games as underdogs following a road loss.
  • The Canucks have won the third period in eight of their last nine night games against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Canucks' last five games.

A Bad Start for the  Lightning

The Lightning come into this game with a 1-2-1 record overall and they were beaten again in the last game. After falling behind 2-0 against the Buffalo Sabres, the Lightning did fight back scoring a goal each in the second and third quarter, but it wasn’t enough  as they ended up losing in overtime. The Lightning so far this season are averaging 3.25 goals per game while their defense is giving up 4.25 goals per game. The defense is going to need to be cleaned up quickly, or they are going to fall into a hole to start the season.

Lightning Betting Trends

  • The Lightning have won eight of their last nine games against the Canucks.
  • The Lightning have covered the puck line in five of their last six home games after coming off overtime.
  • The underdogs have won the second period in five of the Lightning's last six games.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Lightning's last 10 Thursday night games.

Shane’s Free Pick

This is a great spot to take the Canucks. This Lightning defense has been a major issue to start the season and it’s going to be a big issue again in this game. The Canucks are averaging 4.0 goals per game which is 5th in the league and they are going to find success scoring early in this game. The Lightning defense is going to have no answer and this will end up being a victory for the Canucks. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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