Red Wings at Lightning Game 5 - 4/21/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Red Wings (42-33-11) at Tampa Bay Lightning (49-32-5)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -165 / Detroit Red Wings +149 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning play game five of their series Tuesday night at the Amalie Arena.
The Detroit Red Wings need a win here to keep this series alive and head back to Detroit. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power plays. Brad Richards leads Detroit with one goal, Tomas Tatar has three assists and Henrik Zetterberg has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their power play chances. Jimmy Howard has allowed seven goals on 64 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has given up three goals on 49 shots. Mrazek has allowed three goals in his last three games.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning can head into the next round and gain some rest by getting this victory. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.8 percent of their power plays. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with five goals, Tyler Johnson has five assists and Alexander Killorn has eight shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed eight goals on 126 shots faced. Bishop has given up six goals in his last three games.
The Red Wings are 0-4 in their last 4 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic. The Lightning are 5-1 in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games and 63-30 in their last 93 home games. The Red Wings are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings overall.
Besides game three, the Red Wings have been simply outplayed this entire series and just look outmatched at both ends of the ice. The Lightning are tough to beat at home and this is one of those games Bishop shows up with a great performance. Expect Tampa Bay to end this thing.