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Calgary Flames vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 12/20/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Lightning (26-7-2) at Calgary Flames (22-11-2)
Date & Time Thursday December 20, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Calgary Flames +100 / Tampa Bay Lightning -120 --- Over/Under: 6.5
TV Channel
RSNW, SunS
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NHL | Tampa Bay Lightning (26-7-2) at Calgary Flames (22-11-2)
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Calgary Flames meet Thursday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to keep the puck rolling after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 29.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with 21 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 35 assists and Steven Stamkos has 103 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 38 goals on 541 shots faced and Louis Domingue has allowed 53 goals on 559 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.

The Calgary Flames look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 20 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 30 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 82 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 55 goals on 493 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed 36 goals on 483 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed two or less goals in six of their last seven games.

The Lightning are 4-1 in their last 5 road games, 35-17 in their last 52 games following a win and 37-15 in their last 52 overall. The Flames are 4-0 in their last 4 home games, 2-5 in their last 7 Thursday games and 8-2 in their last 10 overall. The Lightning are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Calgary and the road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The over is 13-3-1 in Flames last 17 home games. The over is 4-1 in Lightning last 5 overall.

Both of these teams are playing some of the best hockey in the league right now and this is a measuring stick contest to kind of see where each side is in terms of title for best team in the league. This will be a playoff type atmosphere and should be a tight game throughout. While the Lightning are probably the more consistent team, the Flames have been extremely balanced and have actually won three of the last five meetings against Tampa Bay. We're getting even money with the Flames at home, I'll take that based on the value and the recent history between these two clubs.

Pick:
Calgary Flames +100

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