Bruins vs. Lightning - 2/28/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (35-22-4) at Boston Bruins (34-22-6)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins -116 / Tampa Bay Lightning +105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins square off Sunday afternoon at the TD Garden.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to build on their solid five-game winning streak. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power plays. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 27 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 25 assists and Alex Killorn has 114 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 83 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed 94 goals on 1,237 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 41 goals on 458 shots. Bishop has allowed four goals in his last three games.
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The Boston Bruins look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power plays. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 32 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 30 assists and Loui Eriksson has 132 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their power play chances. Tuukka Rask has allowed 115 goals on 1,411 shots faced and Jonas Gustavsson has given up 45 goals on 493 shots. Rask has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Lightning are 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. The Bruins are 10-2 in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record. The Lightning are 5-29-4 in the last 38 meetings in Boston and 21-48-5 in the last 74 meetings overall.
The Lightning have very little success playing in Boston, winning just five of their last 38 trips. With teams playing well down the stretch, that has to count for something. I'll take Boston and the cheap price.