Lightning vs Kraken Prediction - NHL Picks 12/9/23

Seattle Kraken (8-13-6) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (12-11-5)

Game Info: Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 10:00 pm (Climate Pledge Arena)

Betting Odds: Seattle Kraken +104 / Tampa Bay Lightning -125 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Lightning will play the Seattle Kraken on Saturday night at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Washington. Tampa Bay has won two of their last three games, while Seattle has lost six games in a row. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Lightning vs Kraken prediction.

Lightning Preview

The Tampa Bay Lightning are 12-11-5 this season after they lost to Nashville by a score of 5-1 in their last game. Tampa Bay led 1-0 in the first period, but Nashville scored the last five goals in the game for the win. The Lightning out shot Nashville by a total of 33-30 and went 0-4 on the power play in the game. Tampa Bay won their previous two games against Pittsburgh by a score of 3-1 and Dallas by a score of 4-0. The Lightning are scoring 3.25 goals per game and they are allowing 3.54 goals against per game, while going 30.5% on the power play and 81.9% on the penalty kill. Nikita Kucherov has led the Lightning with 17 goals, 27 assists, and 132 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Tampa Bay is Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is 3-3-0 this year with a 2.67 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. 

Kraken Preview

The Seattle Kraken are 8-13-6 this year after they lost to New Jersey by a score of 2-1 in their last game. Seattle tied the game at one in the second period, but the Devils answered immediately and pulled ahead for the win. The Kraken out shot New Jersey by a total of 38-17 and went 0-2 on the power play in the game. Seattle has also lost to Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Chicago, and Vancouver during this six game losing streak. The Kraken are scoring 2.59 goals per game and they are allowing 3.37 goals against per game, while going 21.2% on the power play and 75.6% on the penalty kill. Vince Dunn has led Seattle with four goals, 17 assists, and 58 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Seattle is Philipp Grubauer, who is 5-9-1 this season with a 3.26 goals against average and a .883 save percentage. 

Seattle Kraken Team Facts

  • The Kraken have lost seven of their last eight games.
  • The Kraken have covered the puck line in eight of their last 10 night games at Climate Pledge Arena following a home loss.
  • The Kraken have lost the first period in each of their last five games as underdogs.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Kraken's last four home games against Atlantic Division opponents.

Tampa Bay Lightning Team Facts

  • The home team has won each of the Lightning's last four games.
  • The home team has covered the puck line in six of the Lightning's last seven games.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in 16 of the Lightning's last 20 games as favorites against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The Lightning have lost the third period in each of their last four games against opponents on a losing streak.

Seattle Kraken Player Prop Facts

  • Vince Dunn has scored a goal in four of the Kraken's last five home games against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Jared McCann has recorded at least one point in nine of the Kraken's last 10 home games against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Jordan Eberle has recorded an assist in four of the Kraken's last five games as home underdogs against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Jared McCann has recorded two points against the Lightning this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Tampa Bay Lightning Player Prop Facts

  • Nikita Kucherov has recorded at least one assist in nine of the Lightning's last 10 night games.
  • Darren Raddysh has recorded at least one point in each of the Lightning's last four games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Nikita Kucherov ranks T1st in the league for Assists (27) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Seattle Kraken are one of only three teams to lose 5+ games when leading after Period 1 this season.
  • The Seattle Kraken ranks 29th in the league in save percentage this season (.883).
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning ranks 1st in the league for power play goals this season (29).
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (1).

Lightning vs Kraken Betting Prediction

Seattle comes into this game looking to snap their six game losing streak, but their offense has been brutal recently. The Kraken have only scored three goals in their last three games and are only scoring 2.59 goals per game this season. Tampa Bay has been pretty inconsistent this year and is only 4-8-2 on the road. We saw Tampa Bay have a pretty bad performance against Nashville in their last game, while Seattle out played New Jersey for most of the game. Take the Kraken to get the win in this one. 

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

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