St. Louis Blues vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 12/1/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (13-10-1) at St. Louis Blues (13-7-3)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues / Tampa Bay Lightning --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, FSMW
The Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Louis Blues meet Thursday night in NHL action at the Scottrade Center.
The Tampa Bay Lightning could use a nice bounce back victory after losing four of their last five games. The Lightning are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 23.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 11 goals, Steven Stamkos has 11 assists and Alex Killorn has 54 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 83.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 45 goals on 459 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has allowed 17 goals on 283 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have lost four straight games when allowing more than two goals.
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The St. Louis Blues look to keep the puck rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The Blues are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 10 goals, Jaden Schwartz has six assists and David Perron has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 87.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 41 goals on 459 shots faced and Carter Hutton has allowed 18 goals on 165 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or more goals in five of their last 10 games.
The Lightning are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Blues are 5-0 in their last 5 home games and 23-11 in their last 34 games playing on 2 days rest. The Lightning are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in St. Louis and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Lightning are running into a rough patch and now have to play a Blues team that they haven't won a game against since November of 2013. The St. Louis Blues are also playing some of their best hockey of the season and have won five straight on their home ice. Given the form of both clubs, you have to like the Blues to stay hot and get another solid home victory.