Devils vs. Lightning - 2/26/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (34-22-4) at New Jersey Devils (30-25-7)
NHL Hockey: Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils +100 / Tampa Bay Lightning -120 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, MSG+
The Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils square off Friday at the Prudential Center.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to build on their solid four-game winning streak. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power plays. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 26 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 25 assists and Alex Killorn has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed 94 goals on 1,216 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 41 goals on 458 shots. Bishop has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The New Jersey Devils need another win after losing eight of their last 13 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power plays. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 23 goals, Lee Stempniak has 25 assists and Adam Henrique has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their power play chances. Cory Schneider has allowed 105 goals on 1,442 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has given up 24 goals on 293 shots. Schneider has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Lightning are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 51-24 in their last 75 vs. a team with a losing record. The Devils are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic and 13-33 in their last 46 Friday games. The Lightning are 3-13 in the last 16 meetings in New Jersey and 8-24 in the last 32 meetings overall.
The Lightning have a long history of stinking up the joint against the Devils, especially when playing in New Jersey. So, while Tampa Bay is the better team, I like the value of the Devils at home and the even money.