Detroit Red Wings vs Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/2/21

Detroit Red Wings vs Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/2/21 Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (34-14-3) at Detroit Red Wings (18-26-9)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

The Line: Detroit Red Wings +260 / Tampa Bay Lightning -320 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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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 eight of their last 12 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 24.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with 22 goals, Victor Hedman has 35 assists and Yanni Gourde has 105 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 82 goals on 1,150 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 32 goals on 250 shots.

The Detroit Red Wings need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 10.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Mantha leads Detroit with 11 goals, Filip Hronek has 21 assists and Dylan Larkin has 134 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Thomas Greiss has given up 77 goals on 837 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 63 goals on 715 shots.

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The Lightning are 11-5 in their last 16 games playing on 0 days rest and 78-33 in their last 111 overall. The Red Wings are 24-49 in their last 73 games playing on 0 days rest and 31-88 in their last 119 overall. The over is 6-1 in Lightning last 7 road games. The under is 6-2-1 in Red Wings last 9 overall. The Lightning are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Detroit and 35-16 in the last 51 meetings. The home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The favorite is 23-4 in the last 27 meetings.

The Detroit Red Wings have won three of the last four meetings against the Lightning, which includes a shutout victory yesterday. However, it's no secret the Lightning are the better team here and they've had no issues winning on the end of a back to back. We can't say the same for the Detroit Red Wings, who have won two or more games in a row just four times this season. I'm going to expect a bounce back performance from the Lightning here, and I'll take the PL to shave down the expensive 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.

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