Philadelphia Flyers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 11/19/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (11-6-1) at Philadelphia Flyers (8-7-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers / Tampa Bay Lightning --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, CSN
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers meet Saturday afternoon in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to keep the puck rolling after winning five of their last seven games. The Lightning are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 25.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with nine goals, Steven Stamkos has 11 assists and Alex Killorn has 46 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 33 goals on 361 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has allowed 10 goals on 182 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or more goals in four of their last eight games.
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The Philadelphia Flyers look for some consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Flyers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 27 percent of their power play opportunities. Wayne Simmonds leads Philadelphia with nine goals, Jakub Voracek has 10 assists and Matt Read has 29 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Steve Mason has given up 35 goals on 316 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has allowed 25 goals on 177 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have won all four games this season when allowing less than three goals.
The Lightning are 11-5 in their last 16 Saturday games and 4-1 in their last 5 road games. The Flyers are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-6 in their last 8 games following a win. The Lightning are 10-4 in the last 14 meetings and the over is 9-4-2 in the last 15 meetings.
The Flyers have yet to show they can string wins together, as it's been hit or miss all season. Meanwhile, the Lightning are back in one of their grooves and have won four of their last five on the road. So, while early games may favor the home team, I'll side with the Lightning on the road here.