Tampa Bay Lightning (34-13-3) at Calgary Flames (25-17-8)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 1, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
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The Line: Calgary Flames +116 / Tampa Bay Lightning -128 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Tampa Bay Lightning look to get back in the win column after a loss in Winnipeg as they head into Calgary to face off with the Flames on Thursday.
The Lightning have hit a bit of a speed bump in their otherwise incredible start to the season and now have to deal with an injury to the Norris favourite in Victor Hedman who has been excellent for them this season as they head into face off against the Flames. Tampa Bay remains one of the favourites to win the Stanley Cup this season as they have a ton of offensive fire power, one of the league’s best goaltenders, and a serviceable blue line that could very well see an addition at the trade deadline. Tampa is expected to send Andrei Vasilevskiy to the crease here as he will face off against Mike Smith who needs to be sharp here against the Bolts who are winless in their last five home games and have struggled against the league’s elite over the last few seasons.
The Flames meanwhile are due for another rant from their head coach as their play of late has been dismal and now they get the league’s best teams in town coming off a loss in their previous outing and will be fired up for a victory. Calgary has a ton of offense that was on full display in the all-star game in Tampa Bay over the weekend, namely Johnny Gaudreau who remains one of the league’s brightest young talents, but he will need some support here as the Bolts have too much depth and can score with all four lines with ease and if this one is going to be a tight contest it looks like it’ll favour the road team.
The Lightning are 21-5 in their last 26 after scoring two or fewer in their previous game and are 7-2 in their last nine meetings in Calgary while the Flames are winless in their last four home games and have dropped five in a row. Tampa to me is the better team and you won’t get them at this price too often and while Calgary is strong and need a win I don’t see it happening here.