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Lightning vs. Devils - 4/9/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Jersey Devils (32-35-13) at Tampa Bay Lightning (48-24-8)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm (St. Pete Times Forum)

The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -257 / New Jersey Devils +228 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

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The New Jersey Devils and Tampa Bay Lightning play Thursday night at the Amalie Arena.

The New Jersey Devils need a win after losing eight of their last nine games. The Devils are averaging 2.1 goals and have scored six goals in their last three games. The New Jersey Devils have two power play goals in their last four games and have won 16 straight when scoring at least three goals. Mike Cammalleri leads New Jersey with 27 goals, Adam Henrique has 25 assists and Steve Bernier has 101 shots on goal. Defensively, the Devils are allowing 2.5 goals and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Cory Schneider has allowed 145 goals on 1,955 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has given up 36 goals on 438 shots.

Lightning vs. Devils - 4/9/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Lightning are averaging 3.2 goals and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have four power play goals in their last four games and have won nine straight when scoring at least three goals. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 42 goals, Tyler Johnson has 42 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 186 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.5 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Ben Bishop has allowed 131 goals on 1,558 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 34 goals on 415 shots.

The Devils are 29-67 in their last 96 road games and 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Lightning are 9-4 in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record. The Devils are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Tampa Bay and 21-6 in the last 27 meetings overall.

The Devils are just unbackabale, especially against a playoff team that's looking to gain some steam heading into the postseason. Take Tampa Bay and the spread to give your wager more value. 

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Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5

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