Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 3/7/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Tampa Bay Lightning (42-20-5) at Boston Bruins (43-13-12)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins -135 / Tampa Bay Lightning +122 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV: NESN, SunS
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins meet Saturday in NHL action at the TD Garden.
The Tampa Bay Lightning need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 31 goals, Steven Stamkos has 37 assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 128 goals on 1,499 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 48 goals on 523 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed two or less goals in nine of their last 16 games.
The Boston Bruins look for a win to build on their four-game winning streak. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 25.1 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 47 goals, Brad Marchand has 56 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 192 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 81 goals on 1,129 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 72 goals on 872 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed two or less goals in 13 of their last 18 games.
The Lightning are 6-2 in their last 8 games as an underdog, 6-2 in their last 8 games as a road underdog and 7-1 in their last 8 Saturday games. The Bruins are 6-0 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 8-1 in their last 9 games as a home favorite and 19-7 in their last 26 overall. The over is 7-2 in Lightning last 9 overall. The under is 13-6 in Bruins last 19 games as a favorite. The Lightning are 11-30-3 in the last 44 meetings in Boston and 9-2 in the last 11 meetings.
The Boston Bruins have been the model of consistency all season long and you probably shouldn't be looking to bet against them on their home ice considering they've won 67.7 percent of their last 118 home games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are in a bit of a funk, but we're still getting one of the best teams in the league in the underdog role. You don't get these prices often and I like to take advantage of spots like this, even if they're an underdog for a reason. I'll take a shot with the Lightning and the plus money.