Vancouver Canucks (17-20-3) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (25-13-1)
January 12, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -278 / Vancouver Canucks +215; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Vancouver Canucks and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Thursday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena. The Vancouver Canucks have lost 5 of their last 6 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have won 5 of their last 7 games.
The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Bo Horvat leads Vancouver with 29 goals, Elias Pettersson has 31 assists and J.T. Miller has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.9 goals per game and are killing 67.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Thatcher Demko has given up 56 goals on 479 shots faced, and Spencer Martin has allowed 81 goals on 676 shots.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 28.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with 23 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 43 assists and Steven Stamkos has 129 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 69 goals on 842 shots faced, and Brian Elliott has allowed 35 goals on 341 shots.
The Canucks are 0-4 in their last 4 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Lightning are 47-17 in their last 64 home games and 18-7 in their last 25 overall. The over is 3-0-1 in Canucks last 4 overall. The under is 7-3-1 in Lightning last 11 vs. Pacific. The favorite is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The Canucks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay and 18-7-1 in the last 26 meetings.
The Vancouver Canucks have been in a funk dating back to last week, and on the road in Tampa usually isn’t where teams get back on track. The Tampa Bay Lightning are one of the more trustworthy home teams in the league, and they’re head and shoulders the better defensive side here. Give me the Lightning and the PL for max betting value.