Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars - 10/15/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Stars (2-1-0) at Tampa Bay Lightning (3-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -170 / Dallas Stars +153 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, SUN
The Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning square off Thursday night at the Amalie Arena.
The Dallas Stars look for their third victory of the season and their first on the road. The Dallas Stars are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays. Jason Spezza leads Dallas with three goals, Ales Hemsky has three assists and Tyler Seguin has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their power play chances. Kari Lehtonen has allowed two goals on 28 shots faced and Antti Niemi has given up six goals on 65 shots. Niemi has allowed four or more goals in four of his last seven outings.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning look to remain unbeaten at home and get their fourth victory of the year. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays. Ryan Callahan leads Tampa Bay with two goals, Anton Stralman has four assists and Jason Garrison has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 58.3 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed eight goals on 103 shots faced. Bishop has allowed two or less goals in six of his last eight regular season outings.
The Stars are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record and 8-2 in their last 10 road games. The Lightning are 37-14 in their last 51 home games and 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference. The Stars are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Tampa Bay and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings overall.
Bishop looks like he's back to being his old self and continues to eat pucks up like he usualy does in the regular season. The Lightning are off to a fast start and are very tough at home. While Dallas has has past success playing in Tampa Bay, I have to side with the Lightning here.