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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche Prediction 2-15-24 Picks

Colorado Avalanche (33-17-4) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (29-20-5)
February 15, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -120 / Colorado Avalanche -102; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Colorado Avalanche and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in NHL action from the Amalie Arena on Thursday night. Who comes out ahead in this battle of NHL heavyweights? Let’s dive in and find out with our Avalanche vs. Lightning Prediction.

Colorado Avalanche Team Preview

The Colorado Avalanche come into this one looking to build on a 6-3 win over Washington last time out. Nathan MacKinnon has 87 points with a team-high 32 goals and 55 assists while Cale Makar has 60 points with 47 assists. Mikko Rantanen has 69 points with 29 goals and 40 assists and Valeri Nichushkin has 42 points split between 22 goals and 20 assists this season. Alexandar Georgiev has started 43 games for Colorado, going 28-13-3 with a 2.94 GAA and an .898 save percentage this season while Ivan Prosvetov is 4-3-1 with a 3.16 GAA and an .895 save percentage this season. The Avs will meet the Coyotes and Canucks after this one.

Colorado Avalanche Team Facts

  • The home team has won six of the Avalanche’s last seven games.
  • The Avalanche have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last four games at Amalie Arena.
  • The Avalanche have lost the first period in each of their last four games at Amalie Arena.
  • The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 1’ market has hit in each of the Avalanche’s last nine games against Atlantic Division opponents.

Tampa Bay Lightning Team Preview

The Tampa Bay Lightning come into this one looking to build on back-to-back wins after a 3-2 shootout win over Boston last time out. Nikita Kucherov leads the Lightning in scoring with 90 points including a team-high 34 goals and 56 assists while Brayden Point has 25 goals and 29 assists for his 54 points. Victor Hedman’s added 52 points with 43 assists while Steven Stamkos has 48 points with 26 assists and Brandon Hagel has 49 points split between 19 goals and 30 assists. Jonas Johansson has gone 10-7-5 with a 3.46 GAA and an .889 save percentage while Andrei Vasilevskiy is 18-11 with a 2.76 GAA and a .903 save percentage this season.

Tampa Bay Lightning Team Facts

  • The Lightning have won each of their last seven games at Amalie Arena.
  • The home team has covered the puck line in seven of the last eight games between the Avalanche and Lightning.
  • The favorites have won the second period in each of the Lightning’s last six games.
  • The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 2’ market has hit in each of the last 14 games between the Avalanche and Lightning.

Avalanche vs. Lightning Prediction

I’m on the Lightning here. Tampa Bay has played far, far better at home this season and while the Avs are a better team than what they’ve showed lately, I need more than one win to see this team is back on track before backing them in one of the tougher road environments in the NHL. I was taking shots on these cheap prices and plus money with the Avs the last couple of weeks thinking it was value, but maybe they were getting those prices for a reason. I think Tampa Bay gets it done once again at home so give me the Bolts in this one.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Tampa Bay -120

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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