Detroit Red Wings (2-7-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (6-1-1)
NHL Hockey: Friday, February 5, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -350 / Detroit Red Wings +290 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Red Wings and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in NHL action from the Amalie Arena on Friday night.
The Detroit Red Wings will try to rebound after a 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay in their last game. Dylan Larkin has 9 points coming on 4 goals and 5 assists while Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi each have 7 points with Mantha posting 4 goals and 3 assists and Bertuzzi logging 5 goals and a pair of assists this season. Bobby Ryan and Filip Hronek each have 6 points with Ryan logging 4 goals and a pair of assists while Hrnnek has 6 assists. Thomas Greiss has an 0-8 record with a 3.46 GAA while Jonathan Bernier has both of Detroit’s wins this season, picking up a pair of Ws with a 3.54 GAA this season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to keep the ball rolling after their huge win over Detroit last time out. Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos each have 10 points with Hedman logging 7 assists while Stamkos has 4 goals and 6 helpers on the year. Brayden Point has 9 points with 4 goals and 5 assists and Anthony Cirello has 8 points with 2 goals and 6 assists and Alex Killorn and Ondrej Palat ach have 6 points with Killorn logging 4 assists while Palat has 4 goals on the year. Andrei Vasilevskiy has started all 8 games for Tampa, going 6-2 with a 1.99 GAA this season.
Detroit is 12-50 in their last 62 games overall and 27-73 in their last 100 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 19-6-1 in their last 26 Friday games. Tampa Bay is 50-19 in their last 69 games overall and 66-28 in their last 94 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games as a home favorite. Detroit is 4-23 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams and 5-21 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams in Tampa Bay.
I wish I could make a case for the plus money, but I’m not backing the Red Wings just because it’s a value play, for me, even in a game where bounces happen and really anything can happen as well, I’m not trying to just give up money simply because the Wings could catch a break. Tampa Bay on the other hand has looked strong out of the gate and are the better team here, but I’m not giving up this kind of juice, and the puck line doesn’t add any value to this bet. Instead, I’m going to side with the over as I think Tampa Bay is capable of getting us this over on their own and I think that even if they don’t, Detroit can chip in enough to pull their weight and get us over this number.