Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/3/21

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/3/21 Photo by Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings (12-21-5) at Tampa Bay Lightning (25-9-2)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -389 / Detroit Red Wings +336 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Detroit Red Wings and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in NHL action from the Amalie Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Detroit Red Wings will try to battle back from a 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers in their last matchup. Filip Hronek leads the Red Wings in scoring with 21 points including a team-high 19 assists while Dylan Larkin has 6 goals with 13 assists and a team-high 110 shots on goal this season. Anthony Mantha and Robby Fabbri each have 18 points with a team-high 10 goals and 8 assists respectively, while Bobby Ryan and Filip Zadina each have 14 points with Ryan splitting between 7 goals and 7 assists while Zadina’s got 10 assists this season. As a team, Detroit is averaging 2.2 goals on 27.9 shots with a 12% success rate on the PP while allowing 3.2 goals on 31.2 shots with a 72.4% success rate on the PK this season.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to build on their 3-2 win over Columbus last time out. Victor Hedman leads the Bolts in scoring with 34 points including a team-high 28 assists while Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point each have 32 points with Stamkos logging a team-high 16 goals along with 16 assists while Point has 15 goals and 17 assists this season. Ondrej Palat has 32 points with 20 assists while Yanni Gourde and Alex Killorn each have 23 points and Mikhail Sergachev and Anthony Cirelli have 22 and 21 points respectively with a combined 32 assists between them. As a team, Tampa Bay is averaging 3.5 goals on 30.4 shots with a 27.6% success rate on the PP this season while allowing 2.4 goals on 28.3 shots with an 82% success rate on the PK this season.

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Detroit is 22-67 in their last 89 games overall and 7-44 in their last 51 road games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Tampa Bay is 40-16 in their last 56 games overall and 48-20 in their last 68 games following a win while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games as a home favorite. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between the two teams.

I get a case that could be made for Detroit simply based on value and Tampa Bay being the better team so the puck line would be an option. Instead, I think we have a high-scoring game either way here, as the last two games have finished well over the number. I think a 7-9 goal game could be on the docket here at the very least so give me the over.

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Chris’s Pick Over 5.5

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

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