Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins - 10/31/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (4-3-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (5-4-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning / Boston Bruins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, SUN
The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Saturday night at the Amalie Arena.
The Boston Bruins look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 4.1 goals per game and scoring on 32.1 percent of their power plays. David Krejci leads Boston with seven goals, Patrice Bergeron has five assists and Jimmy Hayes has 16 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 72 percent of their power play chances. Tuukka Rask has allowed 22 goals on 175 shots faced and Jonas Gustavsson has given up five goals on 48 shots. Rask has allowed eight goals in his last three games. Joonas Kemppainen is doubtful.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning could use a win after losing four of their last five games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.5 goals per game and scoring on 18.8 percent of their power plays. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with five goals, Jonathan Drouin has five assists and Ryan Callahan has 18 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 79.4 percent of their power play chances. Kristers Gudlevskis has allowed one goal on 32 shots faced and Ben Bishop has given up 24 goals on 275 shots. Bishop has allowed six goals in his last three games. Tyler Johnson is questionable.
The Bruins are 5-13 in their last 18 games playing on 0 days rest and 39-15 in their last 54 Saturday games. The Lightning are 38-16 in their last 54 home games and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Bruins are 47-21-5 in the last 73 meetings.
The Bruins are on fire right now and have played some great hockey on the road already this season. While the Lightning are more rested and at home, I'm not going to fade the hot hand now.