Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 2/6/14
Toronto Maple Leafs (30-22-6) at Tampa Bay Lightning (32-19-5)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Tampa Bay Times Forum)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -168 / Toronto Maple Leafs +153 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning return home from a road trip and will host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Tampa Bay will be looking for its second win in five tries and Toronto will search for its fourth win in five games.
These two teams met in late January and Toronto won the game 3-2.
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The Lightening are still banged up offensively, but are just glad to have goalie Ben Bishop back from injury. He’s started the last two games and has allowed just three goals on 55 shots. While the goaltending appears to be in good hands once again, it’s the offense that continues to struggle. Tampa Bay hasn’t scored a power play goal in six straight games and has only scored three or more goals once in its last four games.
Toronto is coming off an embarrassing 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. Goalie Johnathan Bernier has been a hit or miss all season, and you are never quite sure which guys is going to show up. However, the Maple Leafs offense continues to produce at a high level, scoring a combined 16 goals in their last four games. Right wing Phil Kessel has produced four goals and five assists in his last five games.
When healthy, Tampa Bay has been a dominant home team this season, racking up an impressive 16-6-1-2 record in front of its home fans. Toronto hasn’t been so hot on the road with a 10-12-2-3 record.
Although Toronto is 8-1 in its last nine games against the Atlantic, there’s just great value to the Tampa Bay line. With Bishop back at goalie, I believe the Lightening can do just enough offensively to win their third straight home game.