Avalanche vs Lightning Prediction NHL Picks 2/15/24

Tampa Bay Lightning (29-20-5) vs Colorado Avalanche (33-17-4)

Game Info: Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning -114 / Colorado Avalanche -105 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Colorado Avalanche will play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. Colorado has lost four of their last five games, while Tampa Bay is on a two game winning streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Avalanche vs Lightning prediction.

Avalanche Preview

The Colorado Avalanche are 33-17-4 this year after they defeated Washington by a score of 6-3 in their last game. Colorado was tied at two in the second period, but they scored four of their last five goals in the game for the win. The Avalanche out shot Washington by a total of 37-27 and went 1-3 on the power play in the game. Colorado had lost their previous four games against Florida, Carolina, New Jersey, and New York. The Avalanche are scoring 3.70 goals per game and they are allowing 3.17 goals against per game, while going 24.1% on the power play and 81.3% on the penalty kill. Nathan MacKinnon has led Colorado with 32 goals, 55 assists, and 245 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Colorado is Alexandar Georgiev, who is 28-13-3 this year with a 2.94 goals against average and a .898 save percentage. 

Lightning Preview

The Tampa Bay Lightning are 29-20-5 this season after they defeated the Bruins in a shootout by a score of 3-2 in their last game. Tampa Bay led 2-0 early in the second period, but they allowed the Bruins to tie the game, before getting the shootout victory. The Lightning were out shot by a total of 38-25 and went 1-3 on the power play in the game. Tampa Bay defeated Columbus by a score of 4-2 in the game prior to Boston, but they did lose the previous two games. The Lightning are scoring 3.39 goals per game and they are allowing 3.28 goals against per game, while going 30.7% on the power play and 81.6% on the penalty kill. Nikita Kucherov has led Tampa Bay with 34 goals, 56 assists, and 224 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Tampa Bay is Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is 18-11-0 this season with a 2.76 goals against average and a .903 save percentage. 

Tampa Bay Lightning Player Prop Facts

  • Steven Stamkos has scored at least one goal in each of the Lightning's last four home games.
  • Brandon Hagel has recorded at least one point in each of the Lightning's last 12 games as home favorites against Central Division opponents.
  • Nikita Kucherov has recorded at least one assist in each of the Lightning's last six games as home favorites.
  • Nikita Kucherov ranks 1st in the league for Points (90) this season.

Colorado Avalanche Player Prop Facts

  • Gabriel Landeskog has scored at least one goal in three of his last four appearances with the Avalanche as underdogs against the Lightning.
  • Gabriel Landeskog has recorded at least one point in seven of his last eight appearances with the Avalanche as underdogs against the Lightning.
  • Cale Makar has recorded at least one assist in each of his four previous appearances with his team as an underdog against the Lightning.
  • Nathan MacKinnon ranks T1st in the league for multi-point games (27) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning rank 1st in the league in power play percentage this season (30.72%).
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning rank 8th in the league for goals per game this season (3.39).
  • The Colorado Avalanche rank 1st in the league for goals per game this season (3.70).
  • The Colorado Avalanche rank 7th in the league in power play percentage this season (24.12%).

Avalanche vs Lightning Betting Prediction

Colorado comes into this game really struggling since the All Star break, but they were able to get a win over Washington in their last game. The Avalanche are 13-12-4 on the road and were out scored by a total of 16-6 in the four losses prior to the Washington win. Tampa Bay got a huge win over Boston in their last game and they are lights out at home, where they are 17-5-3 on the season. This is a tricky spot for the Lightning, as they are coming off of a road trip, but I still like them to get the win. Tampa Bay has been one of the best home teams all season and I am taking them here. 

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