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Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 1/7/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning (29-9-3) at Detroit Red Wings (17-16-7)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

The Line: Detroit Red Wings / Tampa Bay Lightning --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN, FSDT

The Tampa Bay Lighting and Detroit Red Wings meet Sunday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena.

The Tampa Bay Lighting could use a bounce back victory after splitting their last six games. The Tampa Bay Lighting are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 24.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 26 goals, Steven Stamkos has 33 assists and Brayden Point has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 64 goals on 1,042 shots faced and Peter Budaj has allowed 26 goals on 213 shots. The Tampa Bay Lighting have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 14 games.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 1/7/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Detroit Red Wings look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Mantha leads Detroit with 14 goals, Dylan Larkin has 28 assists and Henrik Zetterberg has 86 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 83 goals on 991 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has allowed 32 goals on 297 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or less goals in their last six games.

The Lightning are 20-8 in their last 28 road games, 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-0 in their last 5 Sunday games. The Red Wings are 15-37 in their last 52 vs. Atlantic, 5-0 in their last 5 home games and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Lightning are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Detroit, 24-8 in the last 32 meetings and the home team is 13-4 in the last 17 meetings.

The Detroit Red Wings have found a nice little winning streak after struggling pretty much the last couple of months, and it's started with defense. The Lightning have cooled off the last few games and are on the end of a back to back, something they haven't had success playing. I'm going to ride the hot hand here and back the Red Wings on their home ice.

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