Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Minnesota Wild - 12/23/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (18-14-3) at Tampa Bay Lightning (25-7-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning / Minnesota Wild --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, SUN
The Minnesota Wild and Tampa Bay Lighting meet Saturday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.
The Minnesota Wild look for another victory after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Jason Zucker leads Minnesota with 14 goals, Eric Staal has 17 assists and Ryan Suter has 72 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 59 goals on 699 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 34 goals on 393 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
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The Tampa Bay Lighting look to keep the puck rolling after winning eight of their last nine games. The Tampa Bay Lighting are averaging 3.8 goals per game and are scoring on 28.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 23 goals, Steven Stamkos has 32 assists and Vladislav Namestnikov has 80 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 78.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 59 goals on 875 shots faced and Peter Budaj has allowed 22 goals on 180 shots. The Tampa Bay Lighting have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 11 games.
The Wild are 18-6 in their last 24 vs. Atlantic, 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Lightning are 20-7 in their last 27 home games, 16-5 in their last 21 games playing on 1 days rest and 13-3 in their last 16 vs. Central. The Wild are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Tampa Bay, the home team is 9-0 in the last 9 meetings and the under is 12-3-2 in the last 17 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Lightning continue to look like the Stanley Cup contenders they are, especially at home where their winning percentage dating back towards the end of last season is insane. The Minnesota Wild have been slipping defensively as of late and are on the end of a back to back, something you never want to be when going up against a team playing so well. I'm going to side with Tampa Bay to get another victory.