Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 11/29/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (17-5-2) at Boston Bruins (10-8-4)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins / Tampa Bay Lightning --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Lighting and Boston Bruins meet Wednesday in NHL action at the TD Garden.
The Tampa Bay Lighting look for another victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Lighting are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 26.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 17 goals, Steven Stamkos has 26 assists and Vladislav Namestnikov has 61 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 44 goals on 626 shots faced and Peter Budaj has allowed 15 goals on 113 shots. The Tampa Bay Lighting have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 11 games.
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The Boston Bruins look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 12 goals, Torey Krug has 10 assists and Brad Marchand has 36 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing three goals per game and are killing 84.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 37 goals on 365 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 21 goals on 308 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 11 games.
The Lightning are 8-3 in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest, 35-16 in their last 51 Wednesday games and 36-17 in their last 53 overall. The Bruins are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest, 2-7 in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Lightning are 7-31-4 in the last 42 meetings in Boston, 23-53-5 in the last 81 meetings and the over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Lighting continue to be one of the more consistent teams in the league and have had no problem winning on the end of a back to back. The Boston Bruins have had a hard time stringing wins together this season and have struggled on the defensive end. So, while Tampa Bay has a long history of struggling when playing the Bruins, especially in Boston, I'm going to side with the road team here. The Lightning are simply the better team in better form.