Nashville Predators (11-15-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (18-5-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -233 / Nashville Predators +208 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Nashville Predators and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in NHL action from Amalie Arena on Saturday night.
The Nashville Predators will look to bounce back from a 5-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in their last matchup. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville in scoring with 27 points including team-highs of 10 goals and 17 assists while Roman Josi has 14 assists as part of his 16 points this season. Nashville is averaging 2.3 goals per game with 31.4 shots per game and a 19.1% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.3 goals per game on 30.1 shuts against per contest with a 70% kill rate on the penalty kill this season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to rebound from a 6-4 loss at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings last time out. Victor Hedman leads the Lightning in scoring with 25 points including a team-high 20 assists while Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat all have 24 points with Stamkos logging a team-high 12 goals, Palat chipping in 11 goals and Point adding 15 assists this season. Tampa Bay owns the highest-scoring offense in the league, logging 3.6 goals per game on 30.3 shots per game with a 28.9% success rate on the power play while allowing just 2.1 goals per game, the 2nd best average in the league, on 28 shots against per game with an 86.9% success rate on the penalty kill.
Nashville is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 2-7 in their last 9 games as a road underdog while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. Tampa Bay is 62-24 in their last 86 games overall and 70-29 in their last 99 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Nashville is 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
The plus money with the Preds is tempting as we saw Tampa Bay drop one against Detroit so even the best are vulnerable at times. However, I think the Bolts are a bit salty after that loss to Detroit and are looking to take out some frustration here. It was bad enough with Nashville being on the road, but against a ticked off Lightning team? No Bueno. Give me the Lightning here on the puck line in what I see as a 5-2 Tampa Bay win.