Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 11/27/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (13-8-1) at Boston Bruins (11-10-0)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins / Tampa Bay Lightning --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, NESN
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins meet Sunday afternoon in a NHL showdown at the TD Garden.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to keep the puck rolling after winning six of their last nine games. The Lightning are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 11 goals, Steven Stamkos has 11 assists and Alex Killorn has 52 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 84.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 41 goals on 429 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has allowed 12 goals on 245 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 12 games.
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The Boston Bruins could use a bounce back victory here after losing four of their last five games. The Bruins are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 15.2 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 12 goals, Brad Marchand has 12 assists and Dominic Moore has 25 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 86.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 25 goals on 403 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 10 goals on 82 shots. The Boston Bruins have lost four straight games when allowing more than two goals.
The Lightning are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 in their last 5 road games. The Bruins are 1-4 in their last 5 Sunday games and 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Lightning are 6-29-4 in the last 39 meetings in Boston and 22-50-5 in the last 77 meetings overall.
The Bruins are an easy fade team given how they've played the last week, and the Lightning are back in one of those grooves where they find ways to compete each night. However, Tampa Bay has had little to no success in Boston over the years and early games tend to favor the home team. I look for the Boston Bruins to get back on track with a victory here.