Avalanche vs. Lightning - 1/12/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (21-17-4) at Colorado Avalanche (21-19-3)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +105 / Tampa Bay Lightning -116 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche meet Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look for some consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power plays. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 18 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 17 assists and Brian Boyle has 52 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed 67 goals on 886 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 23 goals on 259 shots. Bishop has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Colorado Avalanche could also use a victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 21 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 22 assists and Jarome Iginla has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 78.8 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 78 goals on 864 shots faced and Reto Berra has given up 29 goals on 374 shots. Varlamov has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
The Lightning are 2-9 in their last 11 vs. Central and 7-2 in their last 9 vs. a team with a losing record. The Avalanche are 3-7 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games. The Lightning are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Colorado and 3-10 in the last 13 meetings overall.
While the Lighting are the better team here, it's been ages since they won in Colorado. In fact, the Avalanche have had their way with Tamp Bay over the years, wnning 10 of the last 13 meetings. Given history, I like the home team here for the better price.