Nashville Predators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 11/21/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (12-6-1) at Nashville Predators (7-7-3)
NHL Hockey: Monday, November 21, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators / Tampa Bay Lightning --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, FSSM, TVA
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators meet Monday night in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to keep the puck rolling as they build on their four-game winning streak. The Lightning are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 26.4 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 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85.2 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 214 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have scored three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.
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The Nashville Predators look for some sort of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Predators are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power play opportunities. James Neal leads Nashville with eight goals, Viktor Arvidsson has five assists and Craig Smith has 35 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 29 goals on 423 shots faced and Marek Mazanec has allowed 13 goals on 68 shots. The Nashville Predators have lost all nine games this season when allowing more than two goals.
The Lightning are 46-19 in their last 65 vs. a team with a losing record and 4-0 in their last 4 road games. The Predators are 9-2 in their last 11 home games and 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Atlantic. The Lightning are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Nashville and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Predators have been great on their home ice and have gotten the better of the Lightning recently. However, Tampa Bay has been far more consistent overall this season and has been a scoring machine. Remember, the Predators have yet to win a game this season when giving up more than two goals. I have to side with the Tampa Bay Lightning in this spot.