Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 10/8/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Flyers (33-31-18) at Tampa Bay Lightning (64-36-8)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning / Philadelphia Flyers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Flyers look to get back to the postseason after a disappointing year last year while the Bolts are the favourites in the Eastern Conference after losing in the Cup finals last season.
The Philadelphia Flyers head into the 2015-16 NHL season looking to regain their identity as the Broad Street Bullies but perhaps their best move is to establish a new one as they have some great skill players and possess one of the best tandems in the league in Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. Unfortunately for Flyers fans though they may be in tough in the Metro division to compete with some of the conference's big dogs as they don't have the same fire power as other teams and beyond their top five or six forwards they are pretty thin. Defensively, the Flyers have an aging Mark Streit and Michael Del Zotto and then some question marks that won't help calm the nerves of Steve Mason who has been up and down so far in his NHL career. Taking to the road against a Lightning team many think is the best in the East is not the greatest place to start and the line on this one will surely be in heavy favour of the home side.
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The Lightning head into the 2015-16 season as an Eastern Conference favourite perhaps for the first time since the lockout as they have built up one of the best young teams in the league and creating superstars out of guys other teams passed up on. Tampa obviously is centered around Steven Stamkos who is an exception to the previous statement as he was taken first overall and is a generational type player but the likes of Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, and Nikita Kucherov who all played very well in last year's playoffs, those are the guys that other teams had no time for. Tampa is loaded up front as the lieks of Jonathan Drouin, Ryan Callahan, and Val Filpulla are all contributors and their back end led by Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman play in front of one of the better goalies in the league in Ben Bishop. This is a complete team and on opening night they shouldn't have any issues with the visitors as these rosters are night and day.