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Senators vs. Lightning - 1/4/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning (24-12-4) at Ottawa Senators (15-14-7)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

The Line: Ottawa Senators +127 / Tampa Bay Lightning -140 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators play Sunday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have won four of their last five games and play their third straight road game. The Lightning are averaging 3.2 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have two power play goals in their last eight games and have won four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals overall. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 20 goals, Tyler Johnson has 28 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Ben Bishop has allowed 65 goals on 735 shots faced and Evgeni Nabokov has 25 goals on 232 shots.

Senators vs. Lightning - 1/4/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Ottawa Senators have split their last 10 games and are coming off a Saturday win over Boston. The Senators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Ottawa Senators haven’t scored a power play goal in five straight games and have won four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals overall. Mike Hoffman leads Ottawa with 12 goals, Erik Karlsson has 19 assists and Bobby Ryan has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the Senators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Robin Lehner has allowed 39 goals on 429 shots faced and Craig Anderson has given up 58 goals on 795 shots.

The Lightning are 2-6 in their last 8 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Senators are 7-15 in their last 22 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-8 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record. The Lightning are 6-27 in the last 33 meetings in Ottawa and 20-47-2 in the last 69 meetings overall.

While the Lightning have had very little success against the Senators in the past, they are the much better team here and are catching Ottawa on the end of a back-to-back game. Give me the road team for the reasonable price. 

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Tampa Bay Lightning -140

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