Ottawa Senators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 10/22/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (3-1-0) at Ottawa Senators (3-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators +101 / Tampa Bay Lightning -125 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, SNO
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators meet in a NHL matchup Saturday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to build on their impressive 3-1 start when they take the road for the first time this season. The Lightning are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Killorn leads Tampa Bay with three goals, Jonathan Drouin has three assists and Steven Stamkos has 16 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 90 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 11 goals on 79 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has allowed two goals on 34 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have lost six of their last eight regular season games when allowing three or more goals.
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The Ottawa Senators look to remain unbeaten on their home ice and also build on their 3-1 start. The Senators are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 9.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Turris leads Ottawa with three goals, Erik Karlsson has five assists and Ryan Dzingel has five shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing four goals per game and are killing 76.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 11 goals on 97 shots faced and Andrew Hammond has allowed five goals on 25 shots. The Ottawa Senators have now won four straight home games.
The Lightning are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Atlantic and 12-5 in their last 17 games following a loss of 3 or more goals. The Senators are 7-2 in their last 9 Saturday games and 4-0 in their last 4 home games. The Lightning are 8-29 in the last 37 meetings in Ottawa and 24-49-2 in the last 75 meetings overall.
The Senators have been tough to play on their home ice as of late and have shown an explosive offense out of the gate. The Lightning have found ways to win as well but their defense hasn't been as sharp and Bishop has been beat badly at times early. I'll side with the home team here and the better price, especially with Tampa Bay's struggles in Ottawa over the years.