Lightning vs. Avalanche - 1/17/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Avalanche (19-17-9) at Tampa Bay Lightning (28-14-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Tampa Bay Times Forum)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -195 / Colorado Avalanche +175 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT2, SUN
The Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning play Saturday at the Amalie Arena.
The Colorado Avalanche are hanging around in the Central with wins in four of their last six games. The Avalanche are averaging 2.5 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Colorado Avalanche have scored two power play goals in their last four games and have won three straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla have combined for 26 goals, Gabriel Landeskog has 18 assists and Matt Duchene has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 67 goals on 854 shots and Calvin Pickard has given up 32 goals on 503 shots.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning lead the Atlantic with wins in four of their last six games. The Lightning are averaging 3.2 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have scored two power play goals in their last four games and have won six of their last nine games when scoring at least three goals overall. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 26 goals, Tyler Johnson has 31 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 105 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Ben Bishop has allowed 79 goals on 878 shots faced and Evgeni Nabokov has given up 29 goals on 245 shots.
The Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 8-19 in their last 27 road games. The Lightning are 20-7 in their last 27 home games and 49-23 in their last 72 vs. a team with a losing record. The Avalanche are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings and the home team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
While the Lightning are the better team, the Colorado Avalanche have owned them over the years with eight wins in their last 10 games. Given the value of the line, Colorado has to be the pick here.