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Red Wings at Lightning - 4/16/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Red Wings (43-25-14) at Tampa Bay Lightning (50-24-8)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)

The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -152 / Detroit Red Wings +137 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CNBC

The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Thursday in the first round of the playoffs.

The Detroit Red Wings ended the season splitting their last six games. The Red Wings are averaging 2.8 goals and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Detroit Red Wings have two power play goals in their last four games and have split their last eight games when scoring at least three goals. Tomas Tatar leads Detroit with 29 goals, Pavel Datsyuk has 39 assists and Gustav Nyquist has 195 shots on goal. Defensively, the Red Wings are allowing 2.6 goals and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Jimmy Howard has allowed 121 goals on 1,350 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has given up 63 goals on 768 shots.

Red Wings at Lightning - 4/16/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Lightning ended the season winning four of their last six games. The Lightning are averaging 3.2 goals and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have four power play goals in their last three games and have won 11 straight when scoring at least three goals. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 43 goals, Tyler Johnson has 43 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 190 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.5 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Ben Bishop has allowed 136 goals on 1,620 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 34 goals on 415 shots.

The Red Wings are 0-4 in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games and 114-51-8 in their last 173 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Lightning are 0-4 in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games and 40-14 in their last 54 home games. The Red Wings are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Tampa Bay and 2-7 in the last 9 meetings overall.

The Lightning have been flat out lights out on their home ice pretty much all season long. The price isn't steep enough, so I suggest playing Tampa Bay to strike first blood in this series. 

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Tampa Bay Lightning -152

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