Nashville Predators (12-9-2) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (15-9-1)
December 8, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -182 / Nashville Predators +148; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Nashville Predators and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in NHL action from the Amalie Arena on Thursday night.
The Nashville Predators will look to build on their three-game win streak after a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders last time out. Filip Forsberg has a team-high 22 points with 8 goals and 14 assists while Mikael Granlund has 18 points with his own 14 assists and Matt Duchene has 21 points with a team-high 15 assists on the year. Roman Josi has 20 points with 14 assists and Nino Niederreiter’s also chipped in a team-high 9 goals while Ryan Johansen has 7 goals as well on the year. Juuse Saros has gone 9-6-2 with a 2.92 GAA and a .909 save percentage between the pipes for Nashville while Kevin Lankinen is 3-3 with a 2.27 GAA and a .934 save percentage.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to bounce back from a 4-2 loss to Detroit in their last game. Nikita Kucherov leads the Lightning with 37 points including a team-high 26 assists while Steven Stamkos has 30 points with a team-high 14 goals on the year. Brayden Point also has 25 points with 11 goals and 14 assists while Mikhail Sergachev has 23 points with 4 goals and 19 assists this season. Andrei Vasilevskiy is 10-8-1 with a 2.75 GAA and a .909 save percentage while Brian Elliott is 5-1 with a 3.62 GAA and an .886 save percentage so far between the pipes for Tampa Bay.
Nashville is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall and 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team from the Atlantic division. Tampa Bay is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team from the Central division and 4-0 in their last 4 games against the Western Conference while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games.
I get the case to be made for either side in this game as Tampa is at home, but the Predators have been playing some surprisingly solid hockey, winning 7 of their last 10 games. That being said, I like the under here as the goaltending’s really risen to the occasion on both sides and I just think we’re in store for a physical first to 3 wins kind of game. Give me the under here.