Tampa Bay Lightning (44-21-6) at Boston Bruins (44-15-12)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Boston Bruins -111 / Tampa Bay Lightning -111 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins meet Wednesday in NHL East Qualifying round robin action at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look for another win after beating the Washington Capitals in a shootout. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with one goal, Pat Maroon has one assist and Zach Bogosian has three shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing two goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up two goals on 33 shots faced.
The Boston Bruins look for a bounce back showing after getting beat up by the Philadelphia Flyers. The Boston Bruins are averaging one goal per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Wagner leads Boston with one goal, Joakim Nordstrom has one assist and Patrice Bergeron has four shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing four goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has allowed four goals on 29 shots faced.
The Lightning are 7-3 in their last 10 games as an underdog, 4-1 in their last 5 playoff games as an underdog and 105-50 in their last 155 overall. The Bruins are 4-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games, 19-7 in their last 26 games as a favorite and 20-8 in their last 28 overall. The over is 9-4 in Lightning last 13 overall. The under is 5-1 in Bruins last 6 overall. The Lightning are 12-30-3 in the last 45 meetings in Boston and 10-2 in the last 12 meetings. The underdog is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Lightning appear to have found their form, as they torched the Florida Panthers in their scrimmage and just beat a rival in the Capitals in overtime play. The Boston Bruins couldn't get anything going against the Flyers and it may take a game or two for this club to get back in a rhythm. The Tampa Bay Lightning have won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Bruins, which includes a victory on the road back in March where they scored five goals. I want the Lightning in this contest.