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Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 2/28/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins
Date & Time Thursday February 28, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
TD Garden
Boston, Massachusetts
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -103 / Boston Bruins -118 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
NBCS, RSN1
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins meet Thursday in NHL action at the TD Garden.

The Tampa Bay Lightning look for another victory to build on their 10-game winning streak. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.8 goals per game and are scoring on 29.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with 36 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 71 assists and Steven Stamkos has 190 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 89 goals on 1,271 shots faced and Louis Domingue has allowed 66 goals on 719 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or less goals in each of their last nine games.

The Boston Bruins look for another victory after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 26.9 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 31 goals, Brad Marchand has 49 assists and David Krejci has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 80.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 78 goals on 972 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 71 goals on 940 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last eight games.

The Lightning are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 11-4 in their last 15 games as an underdog and 11-4 in their last 15 games as a road underdog. The Bruins are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 63-31 in their last 94 games as a favorite and 44-18 in their last 62 home games. The Lightning are 9-29-3 in the last 41 meetings in Boston and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Lightning last 8 road games. The under is 7-3-1 in Bruins last 11 games playing on 1 days rest.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are obviously a tough team to bet against during this ridiculously impressive streak, but they're on the end of a back to back and have played a lot of hockey these last couple of weeks, which includes three straight overtime games. A rested Boston Bruins that are playing well in their own right should be able to take advantage of possible tired legs. Not to mention Tampa Bay has a long history of struggling when making the trip up north to Boston. Due to the rest advantage, this is probably where the streak comes to an end for the Lightning.

Pick:
Boston Bruins -118

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