Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 3/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 3/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (43-20-5) at Detroit Red Wings (16-48-5)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

The Line: Detroit Red Wings +309 / Tampa Bay Lightning -355 --- Over/Under: 6

TV: FSDT, SunS

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

The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a win after winning three of their last four games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 23.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 32 goals, Steven Stamkos has 37 assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 125 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 128 goals on 1,531 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 17 games.

The Detroit Red Wings need a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 14.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Bertuzzi leads Detroit with 19 goals, Dylan Larkin has 32 assists and Anthony Mantha has 130 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 96 goals on 817 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 117 goals on 1,280 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in 16 of their last 21 games.

The Lightning are 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 94-43 in their last 137 games as a favorite and 103-48 in their last 151 overall. The Red Wings are 18-37 in their last 55 games as a home underdog, 16-36 in their last 52 Sunday games and 13-52 in their last 65 overall. The over is 7-2 in Lightning last 9 overall. The under is 12-4-3 in Red Wings last 19 overall. The Lightning are 7-0 in the last 7 meetings in Detroit and 23-4 in the last 27 meetings.

This is a quick turnaround for the Tampa Bay Lightning who played last night and could be a letdown spot after playing the Bruins and now playing a Red Wings team that's been a punching bag all year. With that said, there's only one way we can go here, as the Detroit Red Wings show no progress from game to game and remain head and shoulders the worst team in the league to bet on. Give me the Tampa Bay Lightning and the PL to trim down a ridiculous ML price.

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Randy’s Pick Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.