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Lightning vs. Red Wings - NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Red Wings (28-11-9) at Tampa Bay Lightning (30-15-4)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm (St. Pete Times Forum)

The Line: Red Wings +134 / Lightning -148 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSDE+, SUN

The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Thursday at the Amalie Arena.

The Detroit Red Wings have won six straight games and end a two-game road trip. The Red Wings are averaging three goals per game and have scored 16 goals in their last three games. The Detroit Red Wings have scored five power play goals in their last four games and have won 14 straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Tomas Tatar leads Detroit with 21 goals, Henrik Zetterberg has 30 assists and Gustav Nyquist has 108 shots on goal. Defensively, the Red Wings are allowing 2.4 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five straight games. Jimmy Howard has allowed 65 goals on 812 shots faced and Jonas Gustavsson has given up seven goals on 76 shots.

Lightning vs. Red Wings -  NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Lightning would love to retake first place in the Atlantic after splitting their last six games. The Lightning are averaging 3.2 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have one power play goal in their last five games and have won five of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals overall. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 26 goals, Tyler Johnson has 31 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 114 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last nine games. Ben Bishop has allowed 86 goals on 970 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up seven goals on 111 shots.

The Red Wings are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Lightning are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 22-7 in their last 29 home games. The Red Wings are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.

The Red Wings have to lose eventually and there's better time than against a Tampa Bay team that's been nearly unbeatable on its home ice. Also, the Red Wings have lost five of the last six meetings against Tampa Bay. Give me the home team.

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Tampa Bay Lightning -148

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