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Lightning vs. Avalanche - 10/29/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche (2-5-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (5-3-2)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)

The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -190 / Colorado Avalanche +171 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ALT, SUN

The Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Thursday night at the Amalie Arena.

The Colorado Avalanche could use a victory after a rough 2-5-1 start to the season. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.7 goals per game and scoring on 25 percent of their power plays. Gabriel Landeskog leads Colorado with five goals, Nathan MacKinnon has four assists and Erik Johnson has 19 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing three goals per game and killing 88.9 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 18 goals on 137 shots faced and Reto Berra has given up six goals on 108 shots. Varlamov has allowed 10 goals in his last three games. Brad Stuart is questionable with a back injury.

Lightning vs. Avalanche - 10/29/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Lightning could use a home win after losing five of their last seven games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging three goals per game and scoring on 18.5 percent of their power plays. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with five goals, Ryan Callahan has two assists and Jason Garrison has 25 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.6 goals per game and killing 72 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed 22 goals on 249 shots faced and Kristers Gud?evskis has given up one goal on 32 shots. Bishop has allowed three or more goals in four of his last eight games. Brian Boyle and Cedric Paquette are questionable.

The Avalanche are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Lightning are 38-15 in their last 53 home games and 1-7 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference. The Avalanche are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.

The Avalanche are playing some sloppy hockey right now and struggling to get on the right side of the scoreboard. The Lightning are tough to beat at home and are displaying consistent offense. I like the home team here.

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Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5

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