Tampa Bay Lightning (7-1-1) at Arizona Coyotes (4-5-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 27, 2018, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +130 / Tampa Bay Lightning -175 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Tampa Bay Lighting and Arizona Coyotes meet Saturday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The Tampa Bay Lighting look to keep the puck rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The Tampa Bay Lighting are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 25.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with five goals, J.T. Miller has six assists and Nikita Kucherov has 19 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 97 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 11 goals on 187 shots faced and Louis Domingue has allowed five goals on 76 shots. The Tampa Bay Lighting have allowed three or less goals in seven of their first nine games.
The Arizona Coyotes look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 12 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with four goals, Oliver Ekman-Larsson has five assists and Derek Stepan has 24 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.1 goals per game and are killing 91.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Antti Raanta has given up 14 goals on 158 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed four goals on 92 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or less goals in eight of their first nine games.
The Lightning are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 7-2 in their last 9 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 Saturday games. The Coyotes are 27-55 in their last 82 Saturday games. The Lightning are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Arizona, 15-7 in the last 22 meetings and the road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 9-1 in Coyotes last 10 overall and the under is 8-3-2 in Lightning last 13 overall.
Both the Lightning and Coyotes have been solid defensively as of late, especially Tampa Bay, who has allowed a combined four goals in its last eight periods. The under has been a very popular trend for both of these teams this season and four of the last six meetings between Arizona and Tampa Bay have produced five or less goals. So, instead of laying a steep price with the Lighting on the end of a back to back on the road, I'll side with the under at a much friendlier price.