Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New Jersey Devils - 11/5/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Jersey Devils (4-2-3) at Tampa Bay Lightning (6-4-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -213 / New Jersey Devils +165 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, SUN
The New Jersey Devils and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Saturday night in a NHL matchup at the Amalie Arena.
The New Jersey Devils look for their first road win of the season after splitting their last eight games overall. The Devils are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Taylor Hall leads New Jersey with five goals, Travis Zajac has two assists and P.A. Parenteau has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. P.A. Parenteau has given up 17 goals on 252 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed three goals on 29 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or more goals in three of their last four games.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning could use a bounce back home victory after losing four of their last five games. The Lightning are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 26.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with seven goals, Valtteri Filppula has four assists and Alex Killorn has 23 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing three goals per game and are killing 88.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 23 goals on 211 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has allowed nine goals on 116 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.
The Devils are 5-14 in their last 19 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-7 in their last 7 road games. The Lightning are 10-4 in their last 14 Saturday games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Devils are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Tampa Bay and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings overall.
Even during their struggles on the road, the Tampa Bay Lightning are still one of the tougher teams in the league to beat at home. The Devils have lost seven straight games on the road, which includes four this season. Until New Jersey can prove it can play well on the road, you have to like the Lightning in this spot.