Arizona Coyotes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 2/22/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Tampa Bay Lightning (40-16-5) at Arizona Coyotes (30-26-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +140 / Tampa Bay Lightning -155 --- Over/Under: 6
TV: FSAZ+, SunS
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Arizona Coyotes meet Saturday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to stay hot after winning 13 of their last 16 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 23.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 29 goals, Steven Stamkos has 35 assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 111 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 107 goals on 1,346 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 44 goals on 497 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed two or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Arizona Coyotes need a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Conor Garland leads Arizona with 20 goals, Nick Schmaltz has 32 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 83.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 55 goals on 772 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 74 goals on 911 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or more goals in 12 of their last 17 games.
The Lightning are 58-22 in their last 80 games playing on 1 days rest, 88-38 in their last 126 overall and 6-0 in their last 6 Saturday games. The Coyotes are 3-7 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest, 3-7 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-14 in their last 19 overall. The under is 15-7-1 in Lightning last 23 road games. The under is 6-0-1 in Coyotes last 7 overall. The Lightning are 9-4 in the last 13 meetings in Arizona and 17-8 in the last 25 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Lightning finally suffered a loss on Thursday, but they're still the hottest team in the sport and shouldn't be a club you're looking to fade all that much. The Arizona Coyotes can't buy a victory these days and shouldn't like their chances here considering they've been outscored 8-1 in the last two meetings against the Lightning. This is a fairly cheap price for Tampa Bay given the form of both clubs. I'll gladly lay the reasonable juice with the road team.