Lightning vs. Coyotes - 2/23/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Coyotes (27-26-6) at Tampa Bay Lightning (33-22-4)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -222 / Arizona Coyotes +180 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, SUN
The Arizona Coyotes and Tampa Bay Lightning square off Wednesday at the Amalie Arena.
The Arizona Coyotes need a win after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power plays. Shane Doan leads Arizona with 22 goals, Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 28 assists and Max Domi has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their power play chances. Louis Domingue has allowed 63 goals on 725 shots faced and Mike Smith has given up 59 goals on 598 shots. Domingue has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 15 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power plays. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 25 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 25 assists and Alex Killorn has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed 94 goals on 1,216 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 40 goals on 428 shots. Bishop has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Coyotes are 17-37 in their last 54 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest. The Lightning are 7-2 in their last 9 vs. Western Conference and 55-26 in their last 81 home games. The Coyotes are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Tampa Bay and 4-12 in the last 16 meetings overall.
The Coyotes are pretty much unbackable with the way they're playing right now, especially with them beating the Lightning just four times in the last 16 matchups. Tampa Bay has to be the pick here, and take it by two goals to increase the value of the bet.