Tampa Bay Lightning (5-1-1) at Colorado Avalanche (6-1-2)
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 24, 2018, 9:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +115 / Tampa Bay Lightning -139 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche meet in NHL action from the Pepsi Center on Wednesday night.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to build some momentum after a 6-3 road win over Chicago in their last outing. Nikita Kucherov gave the Bolts the lead but Chicago tied the game heading into the 2nd, where Anthony Cirelli, Yanni Gourde and Brayden Point each added a tally to give Tampa Bay a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes following a 2nd period where Tampa Bay set a modern-day NHL record with 33 shots on goal in the period. Victor Hedman and Ryan Callahan each added an insurance marker to secure the points for the Lightning at the final horn. Louis Domingue got the win to improve to 2-0-0 this season after stopping 33 of the 36 shots he faced in the winning effort.
The Colorado Avalanche will be looking to build on their current 3-game winning streak after a 4-1 win over Philadelphia in their last outing. Mikko Rantanen and Matt Nieto scored in the 1st and 2nd period respectively to give Colorado a 2-0 advantage after 40 minutes before Gabriel Landeskog added a 3rd goal followed by Rantanen’s 2nd tally on an empty net to secure the victory for Colorado in the end. Semyon Varlamov got the win to improve to 4-0-2 this season after stopping 37 of the 38 shots he faced in the winning effort.
Tampa Bay is 6-2 in their last 8 road games and 17-5 in their last 22 games against the Central while the under is 7-1-2 in their last 10 games following a win. Colorado is 21-8 in their last 29 home games and 4-0 in their last 4 games against the Atlantic while the over is 25-12-4 in their last 41 games against the Eastern Conference. Tampa Bay is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams but just 4-9-1 in the last 14 meetings between the two teams in Colorado.
This is honestly a coin flip game, as both teams have gotten off to red-hot starts this year. And if we are being realistic, it’s probably Tampa Bay that can keep it going longer, but I told myself before the line came out I’d want to be on whatever side the value is on, and in this case, it’s Colorado. The Avs have been solid at home and Varlamov has a ridiculous 1.64 GAA with a .953 save percentage this season. I’ll take a stab at Colorado and the plus money at home on Wednesday.