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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings - 4/18/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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

NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -170 / Detroit Red Wings +150 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBC

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to even their series on home ice in game two against the Detroit Red Wings.

The Detroit Red Wings were supposed to have difficulty controlling the many offensive threats of Tampa Bay but in the end it was the Lightning having that issue in a 3-2 Wings win in game one. The visitors have to be thanking netminder Petr Mrazek whose first postseason appearance was a good one with 44 stops which was also a career high. Detroit scored once in each period with Luke Glendening netting the eventual game winner in the third while down a man. Pavel Datsyuk led the offense with a pair of tallies while Darren Helm added two helpers. The key to victory was the Red Wings holding Tampa Bay off the scoreboard on a hefty seven power plays.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings - 4/18/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Sometimes the puck bounces your way and sometimes it doesn’t and for Tampa Bay in the playoff opener I don’t think Lady Luck was very friendly. The Lightning had some impressive advantages with a 46-14 edge on shots and seven power play opportunities so if you heard these numbers without seeing the game the obvious reaction would be Tampa Bay won going away. The Lightning not only were 0-7 with the man advantage but insult was added to injury with the Red Wings netting the game winner down a man. Brian Boyle and Nikita Nesterov supplied the home team with goals while Ben Bishop’s first taste of the postseason left a sour taste in his mouth with all three goals allowed on only 14 shots.

The trends tend not to carry as much weight in the Stanley Cup playoffs because teams seem to up their intensity and strange things do happen withh the Lightning getting a week’s worth of bad luck, bounces in 60 minutes. Of course we have to give the Red Wings a ton of credit because they made plays and that’s the name of the game. Looking ahead to game two I will say Tampa Bay has to find their power play and they have to score more goals when firing off 46 shots. No line out yet  but I don’t see it being much different…

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