Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New Jersey Devils - 2/17/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Jersey Devils (29-20-8) at Tampa Bay Lightning (39-16-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -235 / New Jersey Devils +210 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, SUN
The New Jersey Devils and Tampa Bay Lighting meet Saturday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.
The New Jersey Devils need a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 10 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Taylor Hall leads New Jersey with 23 goals, Will Butcher has 28 assists and Nico Hischier has 132 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 96 goals on 1,108 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 64 goals on 599 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
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The Tampa Bay Lighting look for another victory after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Tampa Bay Lighting are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 24.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 31 goals, Steven Stamkos has 44 assists and Brayden Point has 148 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 108 goals on 1,515 shots faced and Peter Budaj has allowed 26 goals on 213 shots. The Tampa Bay Lighting have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The Devils are 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games, 3-10 in their last 13 road games and 13-28 in their last 41 games playing on 1 days rest. The Lightning are 22-6 in their last 28 home games, 6-2 in their last 8 Saturday games and 47-21 in their last 68 overall. The Devils are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Tampa Bay, 2-6 in the last 8 meetings and the home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Devils have been on the winning side in two of the last three meetings against the Lightning, but that's about the only recent success they've had. The Devils overall are ice cold on the road and are getting blasted on the defensive end, while the Lightning have been tough to bet against just about any spot, but especially on their home ice. The price here is insane, so I'm going to take the spread to add some value to this wager, as I'm never a fan of laying -200 or higher juice.