Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Colorado Avalanche - 12/8/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Avalanche (17-7-5) at Tampa Bay Lightning (22-7-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -186 / Colorado Avalanche +140 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Alti, SunS
The Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Saturday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.
The Colorado Avalanche look for another victory after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 30.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 19 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 35 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 82 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 46 goals on 601 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 30 goals on 328 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in 12 of their last 13 games.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning look for another victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.8 goals per game and are scoring on 27.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with 21 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 31 assists and Steven Stamkos has 85 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 30 goals on 412 shots faced and Louis Domingue has allowed 49 goals on 503 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 10 games.
The Avalanche are 28-58 in their last 86 road games, 8-3 in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference and 8-2 in their last 10 overall. The Lightning are 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win, 49-20 in their last 69 home games and 36-16 in their last 52 overall. The Avalanche are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings. The over is 5-2-2 in Lightning last 9 home games. The over is 8-3 in Avalanche last 11 road games.
These are two really good offenses, but these are also two hot teams overall that should produce a playoff type atmosphere with the way they're piling up victories. This is kind of a statement game for both sides, a measuring stick contest, even though we're still in December. These type of games are usually tight and low scoring. The last meeting back in October, Tampa Bay won 1-0, and five of the last seven meetings between the Lightning and Avalanche have produced five or less goals. I'll side with the under in this contest.